By GILLIAN WHITE
Students from Cranberry High School in both 11th and Honors Physics recently participated in an egg drop lab to see if they could keep an egg safe from cracking when dropped from approximately twenty feet in the air.
Students were required to construct an encasing that fit within a two cubic foot area, and certain materials, such as peanut butter and large chunks of wood, were not permitted to be used. Students were also instructed to work in groups of two to three people.
Their instructor, Zach Bedee, said “It applies the ideas behind momentum and impulse” when discussing the relevance of the lesson. “There were far less eggs cracked this year than from previous years.”
Many students seemed to enjoy this task because it allowed them to participate in a hands-on learning experience while furthering their understanding of concepts pertaining to momentum.
Trevor Olson, an 11th-grade student in Academic Physics, stated, “It was a good way to practice the calculations we learned in physics.”
Bedee hopes to continue this activity in an effort to engage students in the future and to keep Physics fun.
Gillian White, Bo Myers, and Gabe Dresbach are students at Cranberry High School and members of Cranberry Chronicles, the school’s journalism/publications class.