City of Watsonville Engineers Host Egg Drop Contest

IMG_1699Do you have what it takes to compete in the Egg Drop Contest?

City Engineers will host the 12th annual Egg Drop Contest on Thursday, February 26, 2015.  The Contest is open to all.  Registration begins at 4:00 pm in the alley between the Civic Plaza Building at 275 Main Street and the Post Office.  For more information or contest rules, contact Patrice Theriot, Principal Engineer, at 831-768-3113 or Murray Fontes, Principal Engineer, at 831-768-3117.

In the past, participants in the Egg Drop Contest included City staff, Watsonville High School students from the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering & Science Achievement) Club, children from the City’s Science Workshop and members of the public.  Contestants are to provide a package that can hold a raw egg and prevent it from breaking when dropped 60 feet from the 6th floor of the parking garage at the Civic Plaza Building.

The City hosts the Egg Drop Contest to celebrate National Engineers Week, which in 2015 is February 22-28.  Engineers Week was founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers and is sponsored by more than 100 engineering, scientific and education societies, and major corporations throughout the United States.  The event is dedicated to increasing public awareness and appreciation of engineers and to encourage pre-college interest in science, technology and engineering.

Contest rules are as follows:

1.   Registration begins onsite at 4:00 pm.  Launching will follow.  Registration includes sign-in and placing egg in container.

2.   The following are not allowed:

–     wood containers or containers made of a material that could shatter

–     liquids or gel substances

–     styrofoam packing “peanuts”

–     duct tape or other kinds of reinforced tape

3.   One raw egg and one plastic bag shall be provided for each entry.  Egg shall be placed in plastic bag within container to minimize mess if the egg breaks.

4.   Each entry is allowed one drop

5.   Container shall be launched by a designated official.  Containers shall be launched by sliding them along a seven foot ramp that is seven inches wide.  The ramp is necessary to provide separation between the container and the building.

6.   Containers must land on the ground and cannot be caught.

7.   Participants must clean up and dispose of their own egg and container and repair any damage to public or private property.

8.   The winner is the egg that survives the fall with no cracks and comes to rest closest to the target.

9.   MESA students will be allowed group and multiple egg entries to comply with MESA rules.

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