Students and faculty gathered outside the 74th Street Building on May 7 for one of the Upper School's most anticipated spring traditions: eggs being dropped from a second floor window! The annual Egg Drop contest challenges students to use only toothpicks and glue to build a device that will protect an egg on a two-story flight to the pavement below. This year, a record half-dozen egg-protectors left their passengers intact while the seven others saw their cargo crack, scramble and separate on impact.
Although letting teenagers drop something out of a window is as rare as a double yolk, the projects actually push students to hatch creative engineering ideas while also integrating their knowledge of energy, impulse, momentum and Newton’s Laws of motion.
Students in Ms. Natasha Hazell’s and Ms. Jennifer McDonald’s physics classes worked hard this year to build contraptions that could mitigate the chances of science beating the eggs. The six winning projects for 2019 belonged to: Justin Hanna ‘19; the team of Ian Moran ‘19 and Ray Lee ‘19; Stephanie Eisenstein ‘19; Malena Genova ‘19; Chloe Marechaux ‘20; and the team of Zach Kriezman ‘20 and Nathan Cohen ‘20.
The winners started a new tradition by signing a Golden Egg trophy that will be passed down each year to any student that poaches a win.
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