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Rowan’s “Engineers on Wheels” Program Hosts Egg Drop Experiment at Orchard Valley Middle School


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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP – Rowan University’s “Engineers on Wheels” program returned to Orchard Valley Middle School for a fun and creative “egg drop” experiment on Thursday, April 4, 2019. Engineers on Wheels is an educational outreach program that has Rowan students traveling to K-12 schools to introduce students to the field of engineering, with the hope of getting – and keeping – those students interested in the field.


engwheels 2 At OVMS, the engineers’ team is making six visits to Mrs. Kristen Eichinger’s sixth-grade class. On the first visit, they brainstormed ideas by figuring out what the students know already. They helped them develop a curriculum for future visits.


On Thursday, Rowan students Joe Egan, Ed Garcia, Alyssa Grassie, Nick DePersia, Kyle Hauske and Mandi Basantis took the sixth-graders through the egg drop experiment. Each group of four students were given a variety of materials – paper cups, paper scraps, pieces of poster board, string, rubber bands and more – and an egg. The object: each group had to create a device that would protect the egg from cracking when dropped from the ceiling.


Several of the groups did versions of a parachute, while others tried to provide as much protection around the egg as possible. In the end, three of the six groups managed to save the life of their egg.


Click here for more photos from the event.