This experiment simulated the recovering systems of a space craft by challenging the participants to design and develop a system that secured the “raw” egg (payload) after a flight -dropped from a tall building.
This was achieved using materials that were meant for other purposes to educate the students on how to think creatively.
The participants were taught how space systems are being design and built as well as how to work in a group to achieve a task.
They were finally divided into groups. Each of these groups was given locally sourced materials and a payload (a raw egg); they were also asked to design and build a system that will be dropped from a height to protect the egg.
The essence of this experiment was to build team spirit among them, think creatively, recreate and re-engineer things within a short time.
Thereafter, their systems were tested (dropped from a tall building ~ 35meters high).
Student brainstorming to solve the puzzle
To our amazement, the best idea/design that survived the flight came from the students representing a secondary school (Group 3). See results below:
|GROUPS||FIRST FLIGHT||SECOND FLIGHT|
|Time to recover the egg in sec.||Time to setup the System for the next flight|
The result of the contest