Egg drop demonstration teaches about laws of motion


West Jackson Middle School’s eighth grade science students partnered with Jackson EMC to complete their learning of the forces and motion unit Dec. 10. See the photo gallery below of the participating classes.

To accomplish this, students designed and built an apparatus to house a raw egg. This apparatus was then dropped from 58 feet courtesy of a bucket truck and a very important EMC employee, Mr. Charles McClow.

This activity helped students understand Newton’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd Laws of Motion. Students were challenged by two objectives: the apparatus must not be larger than 30 cm x 30 cm, and they must use at least three different types of materials. If the apparatus protected the raw egg and hit the target, the students were rewarded with an ice cream and a greater understanding of Newton’s Laws of Motion.

Brooke Dowdy, an eighth grade student in Ms. Bell’s class said, “It really did help me understand Newton’s Laws, every time I have to answer a question about it, I can visually see my egg dropping.”

The science teachers would like to thank Jackson EMC for helping their students gain a greater understanding of science.