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An Egg-citing Physics Lab

Cranberry High School Physics teacher Zach Bedee examines students’ Avery Keenan and Trevor Olson’s egg drop apparatus. (By Gabe Dresbach/Student contributor)

By GILLIAN WHITE
Student contributor

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.

A unique contraption to protect an egg from cracking was built by students in Zach Bedee’s Honors Physics class at Cranberry High School. (By Bo Myers/Student contributor)

Cranberry High School students Nathan Rembold and Preston Forrest set up their egg drop apparatus before the drop. (By Bo Myers/Student contributor)

 

Gillian White, Bo Myers, and Gabe Dresbach are students at Cranberry High School and members of Cranberry Chronicles, the school’s journalism/publications class.

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