DANBURY, Conn. -- Students from Westside Middle School Academy designed "egg pods" that were dropped from a 94-foot ladder in a recent engineering project.
Danbury firefighters loaned their ladder truck -- and lack of fear of heights -- to drop the 24 pods.
The school district noted in a Facebook post that 100 students from Westside's STEM program stood outside the school on Oct. 25, to watch the firefighters drop their eggs.
"Only nine of the 24 eggs survived the plummet -- the rest were in a runny puddle on the ground," the district said.
This is a lower survival rate than last year, when 16 of 24 eggs made it, but teacher Jon Neuhausel explained why.
"We made the challenge harder," he said. "The mass was doubled by including two eggs into each successful drop." So if an egg made it through the first drop, it then got to drop again, with a partner.
"The project engaged the students in brainstorming, planning, building and testing their design, and redesigning and retesting," the district noted. The materials they were given included plastic and paper bags, bubble wrap and cotton balls, a cup, pipe cleaners and sticks, paper clips, and string.
Neuhausel said students will once again work on increased mass next year.