The competition tests students’ skills in building the best contraption to catch a falling egg without it breaking allowing them to experience hands-on engineering challenges. The contest is open to both middle and high school students and the winning teams in both divisions receive $500. Teams will be given 30 minutes to construct a device with materials supplied on-site that will cushion the egg. The egg must survive drops from four selected heights, each higher than the previous one.
“The Egg Drop for Future Engineers competition allows teams from middle schools and high schools to experience hands-on engineering challenges and a chance to see a real world application while using skills learned in their science and math classes,” said Elizabeth Lewis, president of Lewis Innovative Technologies. “Discoveries made through this type of competition can encourage students toward technical and professional careers.”
An application is available for downloading at www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com. The deadline to register is March 11.
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About the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival
The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival is an interactive agricultural experience offering old-fashioned fun, food vendors featuring chicken entrees prepared in a variety of ways, and live entertainment by popular regional bands and local favorites. The seventh annual Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival is scheduled for April 9-10, 2011 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton, Alabama. Admission to the festival is $3 for adults and children 5 and under are free.
Highlights include a chicken clucking contest, where the audience selects the winner; egg toss competition, a favorite among children; eating contests where contestants stuff their faces with chicken wings and hard boiled eggs; and the "Down on the Farm" area featuring agriculture exhibits, antique tractors, and southern folk life artists such as quilters, saddle makers, farriers, potters, blacksmith and basket and broom makers.