The Ivy Center for Education hosted the “Great Egg Drop Experiment” event with its future engineering students Dec. 3.

The leader was Sederick Charles Rice, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership (CASL) Fellow.

Rice worked with future engineers to develop their problem solving, observation, analysis and decision-making skills, according to a news release.

Students learned about the value and use of recycled materials in designing impact resistant containers to protect a fragile object (egg), the role of potential and kinetic energy transfer after an object impacts with the ground, and the importance of teamwork as a key component of engineering project design management.

Participants also modeled the critical thinking processes used by mechanical engineers who work for the United States military and United Nations. Officials use these processes when designing devices to perform low-velocity, high-velocity, and free fall air drops to get humanitarian aid, food and medical supplies to isolated parts of the world, according to the release.

Using eggs, card board, Styrofoam, duck-tape, recycled straws, clear tape, bubble wrap and paper, Ivy Center students proved that they could build a simple design to keep a delicate egg safe from breaking from the impact of hitting the floor after being dropped from the top of a six foot ladder. Each scholar was successful in securing the egg.

Students included James Ento, a 7th grader at Rison Junior High School; Kaylee Jones, a 5th grader at Taylor Elementary School; Brian Livingston, a junior at Pine Bluff High School, and Kennedy McClinton, a senior at White Hall High School.

Ciarra Collins, a junior biology major at UAPB, and Cydni Adams, a freshman biology major at UAPB, assisted Rice and scholars with the experiment.

“The Ivy Center for Education promotes excellence in academics and presents programs designed for the success of scholars 7th-12th grades in the Jefferson County Community,” according to the release.

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