Egg Drop Trick

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In this activity, learners explore the real science behind an egg drop "magic trick." Learners will wow their families by harnessing gravity, friction and motion to make 3 eggs fall off of their pedestals and safely into 3 glasses of water. Includes step-by-step instructions with pictures, suggested reflection questions, suggested activity extensions, and an explanation of the science behind the activity.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • 3 hard-boiled eggs (or juggling balls)
  • 3 glasses (same size)
  • 3 hollow tubes (like the kind vitamin tablets come in)
  • Water
  • Corkboard


  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Projectile Motion
      • Newton's Laws
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations


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  • Free access



  • , Science Museum Group, 2020