Protecting an egg with a half millimeter-thick shell from breaking after dropping it from four meters high is a challenge that students from 10 area elementary and middle schools are gladly undertaking in Notre Dame Preparatory School's Fourth Annual Egg Drop Contest.
Participating Harford County schools are: St. Margaret, of Bel Air, St. Stephen of Bradshaw, and Harford Day School, of Bel Air. Competition rules stipulate teams must be 100 percent female; Notre Dame Prep is an all-girls Catholic high school in Baltimore.
To be held Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon, the event will pit two teams each from grades 4 and 5 as well as 7 and 8 from each school against each other. Teams will drop their contraptions which they are to design, create, and build on site. Key visuals include:
• Students building egg drop capsules/devices;
• Capsules/devices being dropped from a height of four meters;
• A surprise Engineering Challenge—involving lots of spaghetti and mini marshmallows—that will test students' problem-solving abilities.
Any cancellations due to inclement weather will be posted on the NDP website Saturday morning. Notre Dame Preparatory School's Science National Honor Society is sponsoring this event to encourage elementary and middle school girls to develop and/or expand an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) topics and courses.