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Over five hundred central Alabama students’ individually engineered contraptions headed to the top of Vulcan on Red Mountain on Friday, April 7, to participate in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s 28th Annual Brent Newman Egg Drop Competition.
Students from local Alabama elementary, middle and high schools watched eggs protected by their personally designed contraptions be dropped from Vulcan. The goal is for a participant’s contraption to prevent the egg from breaking after the approximately 100-foot drop.
Students must use approved materials to design their contraption, which must fit in a container no larger than 2 feet on a side (older students must meet smaller dimension requirements). There are no design restrictions. Students are judged on engineering thought and creativity, mass of the apparatus and the ease with which the egg is loaded into the apparatus. Over one hundred ninety devices were entered into this year’s competition. The winning teams came from the following schools – Creekview for elementary and overall, Bumpus for middle school and LeCroy STEM for High School and biggest splat award!
The event began in 1989 to promote engineering education and inspire the next generation of Alabama engineers. The contest is sponsored and managed by the UAB School of Engineering chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Members of the the Society of Women Engineers, the American Foundry Society and the UAB School of Engineering presented hands-on lessons and engineering lessons to students as they awaited their drop times.
Thanks to Katherine Liles Shonesy, UAB Media Specialist and Melissa Dooley of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for contest and event information.
Watch Kenna Tuttle explain the excitement of the drop!
Bella Ballew explains the design of their contraption.