Last Friday afternoon was the 2nd Annual Campus Wide Egg Drop Competition. Egg Drop is becoming a engineering tradition at Lehigh where the goal is to protect the egg from breaking after dropping it from different heights. I was personally very excited about this event because SASE was one of the organizations that sponsored this event. SASE collaborated with National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and Society of Women Engineers (SWE) to make this event possible. There’s no better way to spend a lazy Friday afternoon than killing it with egg drop.
There’s a total of three drops, all from different heights. The eggs that survived the first round drop will move on to the next round. Each team is given 30 minutes to build their system that protects the egg. We were given common materials such as newspaper, rubber bands, plastic cups, straws, sandwich bags, and tape. And remember, NO PARACHUTE! Each item has a hypothetical prices, and a budget of $14 was given. The winner will be group that survived all three drops, with the least amount of hypothetical money spent.
It was very interesting to see all kinds of creative engineering solutions. For example, some groups wrapped the egg with loads and loads of newspaper, while other groups built a cone. Some groups built a propeller, while some others build a pyramid around the egg. The winner was the group that used newspaper strips attached to the end of a cone. The newspaper strips will slow down the speed of the drop, and the tip of the cone will absorb most of the impact. To my surprise, the group only spend $9 dollars!
Here’s some raw footage of the competition!