We all know what happens when an egg falls off the kitchen counter, right? Well, on Saturday morning dozens of middle school girls will gather in the dining room at Notre Dame Prep (NDP) to figure out a way to prevent eggs from breaking when dropped from a height greater than the top of a kitchen cabinet. But this is not a cooking challenge, Notre Dame Preparatory School’s Fourth Annual Egg Drop Contest is an engineering challenge designed to encourage elementary and middle school girls to develop and/or expand an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) topics and courses.
Teams of girls from 10 area elementary and middle schools will meet on Saturday (1/28/2012) at NDP where they will design and build capsules or devices to protect an egg, with a .5mm thick shell, from breaking when dropped from a height of four meters. It’s hard to believe something so fragile can survive such a fall. But, these girls are creative and smart, and many meet the challenge of protecting their precious cargo as it falls to the ground. Of course, testing the devices is the most exciting part of the morning for the budding scientists.
In addition to NDP, the following Baltimore area Catholic and private schools will field two teams each comprised of girls from grades 4/5 and 7/8: Immaculate Heart of Mary, Immaculate Conception, St. Joseph’s in Fullerton, Resurrection St. Paul, St. Margaret’s, St. Stephen’s, School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Harford Day School, and St. Joseph’s in Cockeysville.