Monday, May 18, 2015


 Disclaimer:  This post was started in April, but then life happened, and blah blah, and I finally got it written, but the internet posted it in May, so it's all out of whack.  So just pretend you're reading this around Easter, mkay? 

Dear Ian,

One of the neat things that your school does every year - for the big kids anyway - is the Annual Egg Drop experiment.

The big kid classes all get tasked with going home and engineering a contraption that will house a raw egg that can survive a fall from the Advent roof.  I look forward to it every year, as there are usually some marvels of engineering that come along, and this year was no different. There were ALL kinds of designs.  Some worked, some didn't, but it was cool to watch.

This year you FINALLY got to participate, and you and I really worked hard on researching what would be a good egg-drop-method.  Thanks to the magic of the internet, we had plenty of ideas to choose from, and you finally settled on using large car wash sponges.  We used three of these big sponges, and we cut a hole in the middle of one of them, just big enough to snuggle your egg.  Then we sandwiched the egg-holding sponge with the other two and tied them together with twine.  Then it was time to test:
 Here you are with your egg-sponge-sandwich, all ready to heave that sucker into the air to see if it would protect your egg when it fell:
 Blast off!  It went about 20ish feet in the air, which is ABOUT how high Mr. David at school is when he drops them, so this was a pretty accurate test.  You got some good height there, Bear! 
You and your egg sponges.  It worked!  Your egg was safe and snug inside the three sponges.  And let me tell you, we tested the heck out of it.  You even threw it against the garage door.

The next day at school, your class, my class and two others all went outside to participate in the Great Egg Drop, and it was a blast!  In my class, only one egg broke, and in your class, all of your eggs except for two, stayed whole.  Yours was one of the whole eggs!  You were so proud.

Now that you're getting bigger and older, and since you LOVE science, I see a lot more of these projects in your future.   It was a ton of fun, and I cant wait for the next one!


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