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Carolina STEM Challenge®: Egg Drop Kit

Item # 750046 Exclusive This product is exclusive to Carolina Biological Supply. With Digital This kit includes 1-year access to digital resources including videos, digital teacher’s manuals, printable student guides, interactive lessons, editable assessment questions, and more.

Product Highlights

  • Construct a device to absorb the force from an initial 1-m drop then use the engineering cycle to design a final model to achieve the highest drop distance.
  • Middle school/high school engineering design challenge with enough materials for 15 lab groups.
  • Carolina Kits 3D®—Lab activity that designs a solution for an engineering problem to support the NGSS and 3-dimensional instruction.



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Students learn about momentum, collisions, impulse, and stopping force as they address the engineering challenge, "How can a container be built to protect fragile cargo during a collision?" Teams start by building cubic, triangular, and cylindrical egg containers, dropping them from increasing heights while evaluating their effectiveness at protecting an egg from damage. Students apply what they have learned to achieve the highest drop in which the egg remains intact, competing in one of 4 design challenges: Single Drop, Three Sides Drop, Limited Mass Drop, or Limited Volume Drop. The activity concludes by entering all the reengineered egg protectors into a classroom competition.

Time Requirement
Total, 210 minutes. Teacher prep, 30 minutes. Background, prototyping, and the design challenge, 105 minutes. Assessment and presentation, 75 minutes.

Digital Resources
Includes 1-year access to digital resources that support 3-dimensional instruction for NGSS. Digital resources may include a teacher manual and student guide, pre-lab activities and setup videos, phenomenon videos, simulations, and post-lab analysis and assessments.

Performance Expectation(s)

Crosscutting Concepts
Structure and Function

Disciplinary Core Ideas
HS.PS2.A: Forces and Motion

Science and Engineering Practices
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Learning Objectives

  • Compare the effectiveness of containers of various shapes at protecting a dropped egg.
  • Apply the concepts of momentum and force to brainstorm ideas for the design of an egg container.
  • Build and test a protective container for a dropped egg.

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills
Prior knowledge of momentum, collisions, and Newton's third law are useful.

  • This item is only available from Carolina Biological Supply Company.

Product Families Featuring This Item:

Components Qty Included?
Cardboard Trays 30 Included
Straws 200 Included
Plastic Bags 50 Included
Cotton Balls 300 Included
Rubber Bands 80 Included
Nylon Footie (egg sock) 15 Included
Packing Peanuts Included
Carolina Science Online® Resources (1-year subscription) 1 Included
Teacher's Manual with Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
Eggs 45 Needed, Not Included
Pencils 15 Needed, Not Included
Scissors 15 Needed, Not Included
Metric Rulers 15 Needed, Not Included
Metersticks or Measuring Tapes 4 Needed, Not Included
Balances 2 Needed, Not Included
Tape Needed, Not Included
Document Camera or Overhead Projector Needed, Not Included
String (optional) Needed, Not Included
Foam (optional) Needed, Not Included
Hot Glue Gun (optional) Needed, Not Included
White Glue (optional) Needed, Not Included
Colored Markers (optional) Needed, Not Included
Construction Paper (optional) Needed, Not Included

Carolina STEM Challenge

Carolina STEM Challenge® Physical Science Series

Engineer excitement with NEW kits for middle and high school physical science that:

  • Incorporate STEM concepts
  • Promote creativity, team building, and fun
  • Encourage interest in science

Easily integrate exciting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities into any physical science curriculum with Carolina STEM Challenge® Physical Science Series kits. They engage and inspire students with fun real-world design challenges in an exciting tournament-style format.

Hands-on activities center on engineering concepts and practices from the Next Generation Science Standards. Design teams design, build, test, and modify their prototypes to provide an innovative solution to the class challenge. These activities strengthen students’ critical-thinking and creative problem-solving skills, while encouraging creativity, collaboration, and teamwork.

Designed with ease of use in mind, Carolina STEM Challenge® Physical Science Series kits have the materials and information needed for classroom success:

  • Warm-ups and demonstrations
  • Science content
  • Literacy extensions
  • Notebooking options
  • Grading and scoring rubrics