Speed, Eggs and Slam!

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In this fun hands-on activity, learners create a safety device to protect an egg "passenger" in a toy car crash. Learners experiment with different solutions to this very problem. Includes instructions for analyzing success both by passenger safety and cost of building design. The goal is to build affordably while keeping your egg safe! This activity also introduces learners to Newton's First Law of Motion. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Archive.org. Activity write-up only, images are unavailable.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Simulation


Materials List (per student)

  • Toy Truck (one big enough for your egg to fit into a pick-up/dump truck works best)
  • Raw Eggs
  • Magic Marker
  • Ramp for truck (a board propped on a chair works).
  • Brick or heavy item for your truck to crash into (if you don’t want it to run into the wall).
  • Large piece of plastic or a large garbage bag (to cover your work surface).
  • Sheet of paper and a pencil
  • String
  • Rubber bands
  • Cotton balls
  • Tape
  • Toothpicks
  • Styrofoam cup


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Transportation Engineering
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Newton's Laws

Informal Categories

  • Toys
  • Transportation


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • National Science Center (Fort Discovery)

Source Collection

  • TryScience


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