Clinton Fire Department helps CJHS students in egg drop project
October 5, 2021
Students in Clinton Junior High School’s 7th grade STEM program received a little community assistance from the Clinton Fire Department when it came time to participate in the annual egg drop challenge.
“With the help of the Clinton Fire Department, my students had the chance to watch their designs in action in an extraordinary way,” 7th grade STEM teacher Lauren Taylor said.
“Each design was given to a fireman in the bucket of the big ladder truck. They were then hoisted in the air to three different heights and dropped,” she added.
Taylor said Clinton’s firefighters extended the ladder to 20-feet, 50-feet and 95-feet, releasing the structures from each height.
“After each drop, the structures were inspected,” she said. “If the eggs were unbroken, they were returned to the firefighters to be released from a greater height.”
Taylor’s students spent the previous weeks studying the engineering design process, hoping to construct a suitable build that would allow an egg to survive a 95-foot drop.
“Throughout this entire assignment,” Taylor said, “the students were reminded that failure is part of the process and to never give up. These kids overcame some challenges at first with many creating builds that survived all three drops.”
“Their excitement when they saw the ladder extend to max height was epic,” Taylor said.
“This project is certainly something that my students nor I will soon forget,” she added. “This only happened because CJHS has an administration that backs and supports us as teachers and a wonderful fire department that saw its chance to assist in the education of our students.
“We are extremely thankful for Chief (Jeff) Blackledge and his department,” she said. “More than they will ever know.”
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