This classic conundrum often used for science class projects has quite a few possible solutions, even if the egg is dropped from a great height.
Try using nylons.
- Using a box as a frame, staple a nylon stocking to one end of the box.
- Tie a knot about four inches up the stocking, and drop the egg inside the stocking.
- Tie another knot on the other side of the egg to hold it in place.
- Draw the stocking taut and staple the end to the other side of the box. The egg should stay suspended in the center, and survive any fall.
Use balloons and Styrofoam peanuts. This method is a little trickier, so be very cautious with your egg!
- Take two balloons, and insert one balloon into the other.
- Insert the egg into the inner balloon, and then inflate the inner balloon to half capacity.
- Tie off the inner balloon, and then inflate the other balloon to full capacity.
- Place the finished balloon in a cardboard box filled with packing peanuts.
- Your egg should arrive to the ground safe and sound.
Cereal can also be a good source of padding.
- Cushion the egg on all sides with light, crispy cereal, such as rice puffs.
- Try using a small parachute attached to the box containing the egg.
- The parachute creates wind resistance, and slows the rate of the fall.
The egg-drop experiment is a great way to test your knowledge of physics, so be creative with your solutions and try out more than one!