The Brownfield Middle School “CubsRISE Gifted and Talented” program, under the direction of Susan Brisendine, conducted some analytical testing on the parking area behind BMS on Monday morning. With the help of the City of Brownfield’s Electric Utility Department.
This group of students worked hard to design a device that would protect raw eggs dropped from various heights. This is where the City came in. Cat Gonzales and his crew came in their bucket trucks to assist the students in seeing how well their designs worked.
Brisendine said the purpose of the project was to study a few different things. “They learned teamwork, as they worked in pairs. They also learned analysis, as they completed questions on why some worked and why some did not.. They also learned about cost effectiveness of supplies and how to improve design flaws.”
Each student was given a $20,000 budget to build their contraption and had to use everything they bought. Their supplies were priced in keeping with their budget. Cotton balls were $300, a 2X12 inch piece of bubble wrap was $8,000, and plastic bags were $1,000 each.
Practice drops were held at 10 feet and improvements were made after the practice drops, but the students still had to stay within their original budget. Monday was the final test.
Out of the many that were dropped, only three made it without breaking. First, second and third places will determined by how much money was spent.
Brisendine stated, “These students worked over several weeks to build a contraption that would protect their egg from a 25 ft. drop. They all had the same supplies available, but all came up with very unique designs. I am proud of their creativity and hard work.”