I too would be extremely concerned about putting kids up on a 15+ foot ladder, but I haven't heard this be too much of a concern in the past. Egg drop of various varieties has been an event basically since Science Olympiad was founded, and they generally reach heights much greater than 5m. The two common locations for doing this are stairwells and bleachers in gyms. They've worked pretty well in the past, but your concerns about the egg crashing into the walls sounds well-founded. I'd love to hear if that is actually a problem. Also, not having seen the event run anywhere, I'd love to hear what the success vs. breaking rate is. I would be very concerned if too many teams are breaking.I'll be running this event, but I'm concerned about putting middle school kids 5 meters in the air to drop their helicopters. I don't want to put them that high up on a normal ladder, and the middle school that hosts the competition (and I imagine many other middle schools) don't have an enclosed ladder or platform. I'll have to have them drop their devices off of the bleachers, but then I can imagine many helicopters crashing into the wall or the bleachers.
I also have my doubts about the ability of teams to construct a helicopter that can save the egg. A large egg weighs about 60 grams, which is a lot to ask from an unpowered (or even powered) helicopter. However, I haven't heard results from any competitions so far. Have teams at other competitions been successful?
Since the rules present a conundrum, I would propose this solution:where would I put a team with construction violations and an intact egg vs.
A cone of depression occurs when you drop your scoop of ice cream on the ground on a hot summer day.
I heard a rumour that some team taped their egg in a cup to a straw hatThe helicopter egg drop at my regionals was done out a second story window. There were some issues with the devices hitting the wall on the way down, in which case the team would get a redo if it affected their flight.
The main problem was that since it was done outside, the grass surface cushioned the fall of the egg. An event supervisor actually tossed a lone egg in a cup out the window and it didn't break.
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