Fifth graders strengthen their teamwork with eggstronaut project


Mr. Benkwitt dropped a student orbiter with an eggstronaut inside.

5TH GRADE CLASSROOMS — For the last few weeks, students of the fifth grade worked together in groups to complete a challenging mission–the egg drop challenge. For this competition, students worked together and created an orbiter for their eggstronaut (or egg). Students were only allowed to work with their partners in school. The launch was on June 4.

The egg drop challenge is when a group of students, in this case four, creates an orbiter for an egg and drops the orbiter from a height of around 20 feet. The students’ task is to ensure that the fall doesn’t crack the egg.

The fifth graders were given a limited amount of supplies to make a cushioned orbiter that would protect their egg. These included marshmallows, cotton balls, a two-liter bottle and rubber bands. Students were graded on how much damage happened to the orbiter, as well as how much damage happened to the egg. The students were given a target to drop their orbiter at so teachers could also measure the aim accuracy.

One other reason for the eggstronaut project was to build teamwork among the four team members. Most groups had two girls and two boys.

Some students had many redos after having their egg crack in several test drops, while others had perfect streaks with no cracks at all.

“It was really fun creating our orbiter and using everything we could,” Eileen Mazzaro told the Colonial Times. “However, I didn’t like how you had limited supplies and rules like you needed to have a parachute, etc. It was hard to make everyone share their idea to make one item. And it was hard to make everyone in my group cooperate and all have a share and part in the project. The biggest challenge probably was not to let the egg crack when it hit the ground and trying to hit the target.”

Thomas Shelton said, “The challenging part was finding a good way to work with everyone. The best part was getting my hands dirty making the orbiter.”