Egg drop gives elementary kids STEM skills

June 23, 2017 04:01 PM

BALLSTON SPA - Most schools are now out for summer. However, before they left Gordon Creek Elementary School, some 4th graders got one more lesson in STEM.

About 100 of them had to come up with a contraption to protect an egg dropped from the top of a fire engine ladder. Their ideas included everything from a parachute made out of a garbage bag to a cardboard box with bubble wrap and little fluff balls. Another group tried foam, hay and pillow stuffing.

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"They get nervous and they're excited, you know, they don't want to fail, but in the end, it's more about the process of it more than the result of it," explained Kristilyn Szesnat, a teacher.

However, the results were pretty impressive. Twenty-two out of 24 groups succeeded.

Along with the obvious fun, they're learning plenty about science and engineering too.


WNYT Staff

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