January 7th, Project Collisions Launch
Eggs and messes. A perfect combo, because today we were supposed to drop an egg. An egg drop. Great. And messy at the same time. Regardless, it was only 5 meters, and we had to use specific materials, like newspapers, army men (huh), etc. And we had a budget of 600.
My independent first designs were odd, to say the least.
My first design was this:
A balloon (120)
Tie up (60)
There are multiple reasons why this design wouldn’t work, mostly with the balloon. With the balloon, the egg couldn’t possibly fit in it, and the newspaper would act as cushioning, but at the same time weigh it down. It would be thrown like a sack, and quite roughly, it would break.
My second design was mostly a joke:
A balloon (120)
Army men x72 (480)
It would not work either. Army men were surprisingly crushable, but I thought this idea would work, similar to that of a sea urchin and its shell. The spikes would poke through and allow the army meant to “stilt” it up in a way. But it still wouldn’t go down slowly, as eggs were extremely fragile and there was a risk of the army men coming in contact with the ground, and the force would poke the army men up into the egg and crack it.
Then with a group, we made another design. This one used newspaper to make a parachute as well as wrapping the egg in layers of newspaper, with string attaching the newspaper through paperclips. As it was dropping, the parachute deployed well and then it fell relatively fast, but it seemed to be a smooth landing. It was successful and I think it’s partly because we had wrapped it in a lot of newspaper and paper, both of which don’t exactly “break”? The parachute was light and connected by paperclips well, and nothing fell off. During that time, our first parachute broke, but we had bought too much newspaper, so we made a bigger parachute which proved effective.
Next time I would find a way to use a different design, to increase the variety of materials we could use, to see what type of effects on the egg they would have.
This launch project was about drone delivery, and I had a lot of ideas. I was thinking about dropping edible food and goods, as those might be high in demand, and who wouldn’t like food delivered to their door? 🙂
Through this project I hope to collaborate with my peers, make effective and efficient ideas, but most importantly, have fun!