Hundreds of central Alabama students will head to the top of Vulcan on Red Mountain on April 11 to participate in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s 25th Annual Brent Newman Egg Drop Competition.
Students from local Alabama elementary, middle and high schools will watch eggs protected by their personally designed contraptions be dropped from Vulcan. The goal is for a participant’s contraption to prevent the egg from breaking after the approximately 100-foot drop.
Students must use approved materials to design their contraption, which must fit in a container no larger than 2 feet on a side. There are no design restrictions. First- through third-place winners will be named in elementary, middle and high school categories. An overall winner will also be named. Students are judged on the design of their contraption, including its weight, ease of use and creativity.
The event began in 1989 to promote engineering education and inspire the next generation of Alabama engineers.
The contest is sponsored and managed by the UAB School of Engineering chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and will be held Friday, April 11, from 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.