Cracking Into Gravity Concepts

Cracking Into Gravity Concepts photo

As part of a recent curriculum lesson on gravity, third-grade students at Hiawatha Elementary School participated in an exciting “eggsperiment” exploring the science behind a free-fall.

All third-graders were asked to compile assorted household materials that they could fit into a small milk container to protect an egg. Working in teams, students crafted their protective containers filled with various materials, such as cotton balls, cereal, feathers and tissues, that would be dropped from the roof of the school building. To increase the chances of a safe descent, several student groups added parachutes to their containers. Each student-designed container was tested by being dropped from the roof by Principal Kathleen O’Farrell. 

To conclude the lesson, students discussed the effects of gravity on the world around us and how they could improve their designs.