Egg-cellent' project teaches math, science and technology

In what seems to have become a rite of spring and a celebration of the near-completion of fifth grade, students participated recently in the annual Egg Drop at State Street School in Skaneateles.

Eggs were tossed from the rooftop by teachers Seth Benjamin and Bob Broddus, while fifth graders watched in anticipation from below to see which eggs would survive.

The vessels and contraptions containing eggs varied greatly, as did the results. Eggs floated down with parachutes, wings and feathers; they were cushioned with popcorn, foam, paper and insulation; they were inside stuffed animals, boxes, cans and containers too numerous to mention. The Egg Drop is a math, science and technology project that challenges students to find a way to protect an egg from the huge fall. Students worked alone, or in pairs. There were many creative solutions, quite a few scrambled eggs and many survivors as well.

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