Egg drop competition

The egg drop contest is an experiment usually performed by college or primary school students. Competitors typically attempt to create a device that can keep a raw chicken egg intact when dropped from a height. Students are asked to build a device made from a limited or unlimited amount of materials to support an egg when dropped from various heights.

A physics teacher on a lift drops a package designed to protect three eggs from a fall of ten meters

Naked egg dropEdit

A variation of the egg drop competition is the naked egg drop, in which an exposed raw egg is dropped into a container below that must catch the egg and keep it from breaking.

Egg hurlsEdit

Another common variation on the egg drop competition is the egg hurl competition, where the containers are hurled by a device such as a trebuchet or air cannon. This variation is often used by schools that lack tall places from which to drop the containers.[1][2] The egg hurl variation adds additional difficulties to the design of the container, since it is initially hurled at high speed and has to cope with horizontal as well as vertical velocities upon landing.

Regional competitionsEdit

An egg drop as part of a SECME Olympiad at the University of Florida

Often schools work together to make larger competitions that pit more students against each other. One of the larger regional egg drop competitions is the Winston-Salem / Forsyth County Egg Drop Competition that takes place during Engineers Week (late February) each year.[3]

Egg drop is one of 18 events in the North Carolina Science Olympiad elementary competition. Over more than 100 teams compete in this annual competition.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Canyon High School Egg Hurl Competition Archived 18 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "The Rowntree's Randoms Egg Throwing Championships - Swaton 28 June" BBC-Lincolnshire, June 2009
  3. ^ Forsyth County Egg Drop Competition
  4. ^ "North Carolina Science Olympiad Egg Drop". Archived from the original on 12 September 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2010.