Splat! Wake Tech Pre-Engineering Students Face off in Egg-citing Contest
RALEIGH, N.C. - (February 23, 2012) This contest is all it's cracked up to be! Wake Tech pre-engineering students participated in an egg drop competition this week on Main and Northern Wake campuses. The challenge: drop a fresh egg from different heights onto a platform of straws and masking tape without breaking the egg. The students, who are enrolled in Introduction to Engineering (EGR 150), worked in teams to design the platforms and had just one hour to build them. During the competition, the students were allowed three drops per team. Eggs were dropped from heights of three feet to nine feet. Many of the teams completed the contest with their eggs intact! The students must write up project results in a report due next week.
The Egg Drop competition is one of eight projects students enrolled in Intro to Engineering must complete. The contest helps students learn how math and physics are integrated into engineering, and helps develop team-building skills as well. The students are working toward their Associate in Science Pre-Engineering degree, and are planning to transfer to a four-year institution. The contest coincides with National Engineers Week which is February 19-25.