Students watch as their teachers examine the damages to egg drop projects. (photo by Zach Dietmeier/WJBC)
By Zach Dietmeier
BLOOMINGTON - The students of Washington Elementary watched eggs fall from the sky on Thursday - and cheered them on.
Chants of "Drop it! Drop it! Drop it!" rang out as the children hope for victory or failure. Four 3rd grade classes at Washington watched from below as teacher Beth Eble tossed each student's latest class project out a second story window. But Eble said her students had done a wonderful job with the annual egg drop project as part of the University of Illinois Extension Chick It Out! learning program.
"It's an annual tradition here and it's probably about the fifteenth time we've done it," Eble said. "The kids love it. They're really happy to see if their eggs survive."
The contraptions ranged from fast food cups to fully padded boxes to parachutes. The goal was to keep eggs safe but Eble said the students may enjoy failing at their goal more than they take pride in succeeding.
"They love to hear the splat," she said.
Eble pointed out that her kids learn a lot of different techniques througout the program.
"The children are involved in watching eggs be put into an incubator through the hatching process," Eble said. "Part of the culminating project is to put together the egg drop, however NOT the incubated eggs, to see if they can survive a drop."
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