Can the Egg Survive a 34-Foot Drop?
February 2, 2009
Drexel University’s College ofEngineering kicks off the 7th Annual Engineers Week Celebration with achallenging egg glide competition. This year’s competition will bringin faculty, staff and students for a test of engineering skills. Whichteams will be to create a contraption to protect an egg from thegreatest height in Drexel’s egg drop history,34-feet?
Drexel University’s College of Engineering will host its 15th Annual Egg Glide Competition February 16, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. in the Great Court of Main Building. The Egg Glide Competition will be held in conjunction with Drexel’s celebration of National Engineers Week, a formal coalition of more than 100 engineering, professional, and technical societies and corporations and government agencies.
The Egg Glide Competition, which has been redesigned for a greater challenge, will task students, faculty and staff with creating a contraption that will protect a Grade A large egg from the impact of a 34-foot drop into a landing zone-the greatest drop in Drexel’s egg drop history. The landing area will be 250 square feet with targets of various point values. Each team’s contraption will be dropped in the center of the landing area from a large boom, which will be controlled by impartial judges. Contraptions must weigh less than or equal to 400 grams and fit into a 12 x 12 x 18 inch box. Winners will be determined using a scoring system derived from a mathematical formula, which will consider the weight of the contraption, the landing location of the contraption and the condition of the egg after each round. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners. Approximately 40 teams of four team members participate each year.
Last year, Drexel University’s College of Engineering Egg Glide Competition attracted more than 350 people, including Drexel students, faculty and staff, alumni and industry partners, high school and grade school teachers and students and prospective Drexel students.