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Embryology – Super Power Egg Design Activity

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Super Power Egg Design Make and Take Card

Eggs are designed to be super strong –
kind of like a super power!

Try pressing an egg long ways clasped
between the palms of your hands.
Any luck breaking it?

Egg Super Power Protocol

Question: how much weight will eggs hold?

Hypothesis: A single egg can hold ____ lbs.

Materials: level floor/table, 4’x4’ piece of disposable plastic, scales, 4 empty gallon jugs, 2.5-gallon buckets, 8 bottle caps, 1 plastic tote (22”x15.5”x6” works well), 4 uncracked, uniform, raw eggs

1. Put down a piece of plastic
2. Place each egg between two bottle caps, large end down
3. Arrange eggs to fit corners of tote
4. Balance tote on eggs
5. Place 2 buckets in the tote
6. Add water by the gallon equally to both buckets
until – CRACK!
7. How do you calculate how much weight each egg could

Bonus Questions

1. Which egg would hold more: big or small? white or brown?
2. What design shape is an egg? Hint: Top of U.S. and
N.C. capitol buildings