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Egg Drop



My little brother is in 6th grade, and has for the past week been working on the iconic egg drop project. I've been told that all 6th graders in West Irondequoit get to do an egg drop, and have heard interesting stories from friends about their experiences. I never got to do an egg drop in elementary school, so I'll admit I'm fairly bitter. But out of respect for the egg drop I'll put this aside.

I have a lot of appreciation for this egg drop project, as it opens younger kids minds to physics. My brother told me that his teacher introduced the project with a demonstration. She held up a small rock and a crumpled piece of paper, and asked which would fall faster. The kids all assumed it'd be the rock, except for my snarky know-it-all of a brother who said he knew they were wrong. She dropped them, and they reached the ground at the same time. This blew the kids minds, except for one.

This is a simple physics concept, and one of the first ones you're taught in any physics course. I'll admit that I'm still not comfortable with it; I get it, but something about it just irks me. But that's physics for you, there's complexity even in the simplicity. I think we can all take comfort in knowing that as hard as the math and calculus of physics get, the fundamentals will always be there to really mess with your psyche.

Regardless, I appreciate that my brother has been introduced to even this simple version of physic, and that he feels so interested in it. Kids should be more exposed to science and physics, especially if they show interest. Teach a kid some physics today!


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