Survival by most creative

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By Peter LEE

As “secured” eggs crashed on to the playground of Lincoln Elementary, the ingenuity of the school’s students was tested to the extreme.

On Oct. 2, Lincoln held its Fall Family Egg Drop, an event made possible by the Lincoln Parent and Teacher Association (PTA) and the Montrose Station 29 fire fighters. This egg drop tested the student’s ability to create a protection for an egg that would  be dropped from a 65-foot ladder, the goal for the egg to  remain undamaged.

“This event was designed to give experience to the students in art and engineering. However, above all else, the main purpose was for each student to have fun,” event organizer Brett Archer.

The students of Lincoln were given the task of creating a secured egg so that when dropped from a 65 feet altitude, the egg would not crack. To accomplish this, students came up with inventive containers for these eggs and submitted it on Oct. 2 for implementation. Ranging from a shoebox stuffed with cotton to an egg secured inside a watermelon, the students submitted their eggs in accordance to certain categories. The categories ranged from principal Bill Card look-alikes to Halloween themes. Medals were distributed to the students whose eggs survived and retained the first-place position in their categories.

As Lincoln families gathered to watch the eggs drop, children could be seen running around, screaming, “Mine just went up there!” or “Mine’s falling!” The intensity and joy of every boy and girl was plainly seen as their eggs took a dive and landed on the concrete floor.

In the end, with 79 eggs having dropped and 42 of them surviving, Lincoln’s students seemed satisfied with their ingenuity and artistic ability.

Families gather on the tarmac at Lincoln Elementary School for the egg drop, an engineering exercise that utilizes student’s creativity to build a package to house an egg that will safely drop 65 feet. Photo courtesy of  Lincoln Elementary School

Families gather on the tarmac at Lincoln Elementary School for the egg drop, an engineering exercise that utilizes student’s creativity to build a package to house an egg that will safely drop 65 feet. Photo courtesy of Lincoln Elementary School

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