Take an Egg for a Spin

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This is an activity about friction as well as kinetic and potential energy. Learners will be able differentiate between hard-boiled and raw eggs while they marvel at how one of the eggs seems to start spinning all by itself and the other spontaneously rises up on one end, spinning like a top!

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per student)

  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Raw egg
  • A table (or other smooth, hard surface)


  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Potential and Kinetic Energy
    • Motion and Forces
      • Rotation Motion
    • States of Matter

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, Grant No. ESI-0104724