Egg Bungee Jumpby: Thomas Tretter

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If only Humpty-Dumpty had known about the egg bungee jump... This engaging activity helps students experience science in a constructivist, inquiry-oriented manner and has the added benefit of providing a concrete context within which students can explore rather abstract concepts of force, motion, and energy transformations.

Grades
  • Middle
Publication Date
2/1/2005

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Reviews (4)
  • on Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:16 PM

Egg drops generally are beloved activities in science classes and joining the egg drop to a bungee jump is a clever way to use a basic concept such as Hooke’s law and the possibility of inelastic collisions in creative ways. The article offers the neophyte classroom educator sufficient information and guidance so that the activity easily could be adapted for grades 6 through 12. Teachers could also use wood and bricks to make a bungee jump platform if the specific apparatus described is not available. Ideas for assessment are also included. This is a nice resource for explorations in force, energy, and motion, especially since it may be utilized as is or developed into STEM activities. If motion sensors and/or force sensors with appropriate interfaces and software are available, exciting data may be gathered and modeled. Students viewing the real-time motion and force graphs may delve more deeply into the science that is observable through the bungee dropping egg. Enjoy.

Patricia  (Arlington, VA)
Patricia (Arlington, VA)

  • on Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:58 PM

I would like to modify this activity and use it as an engineering challenge for my physics class when I teach about free fall. I think it would be interesting to have them perform the first part of the experiment and graph their data. From their graph, then can derive the formula. Then, they can use the formula to calculate how many rubber bands they will need to have the egg fall 2 meters. Finally, they could test their calculations to see if their formula was valid.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

  • on Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:38 PM

Holy cow! This one is going to be in my next GEMS club's repertoire! I love the way that the fun activity of jumping eggs is combined with some serious math and science related to energy and forces. Anyone who runs after school programs should definitely include this.

Laura Jones  (Herndon, VA)
Laura Jones (Herndon, VA)

  • on Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:20 PM

I like the premise of the investigation for students to create a holder for an egg to survive a two meter bungee jump (bungee cord made of rubber bands). The Inquiry is for students to know how the rubber band responds with an increasing length. Lots of math and thinking going on in addition to the great discussion about force direction, energy and energy changes.

Susan German  (Hallsville, MO)
Susan German (Hallsville, MO)


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