As part of the 1/2 grade science class, the students were tasked to drop an egg off the balcony without it breaking.
The first day – they tried with plastic Easter Eggs.
The second day they used hard boiled eggs.
The final test on the third day was with real eggs. Unfortunately – all the eggs broke. The class is learning that with engineering, as well as many other things in life, you often don’t get it right the first time.
Mr. Shinar, an engineer, came later to work with the students to find success in their project.
The First Egg drop with Mr. Shinar included a pillow and a parachute. The egg did not break.
The second time, they tried to decide what was necessary and what was extra, so they took away the pillow and left the parachute. Again, the egg did not break.
The third and final time, they used padding from the pillow, but took away the parachute. The egg broke this time.
The main goal was to tackle a hard project and to realize that failure is part of the learning process. Through many failures and some successes the students learned about trying, failing, asking for help, rethinking and trying again.