UAB School of Engineering hosts 27th annual Egg Drop Competition

Local schools participated in UAB’s student-run engineering and materials design competition.
Written by: Katherine Shonesy
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Hundreds of central Alabama students watched their eggs drop from the top of Vulcan on Red Mountain on April 8 while participating in UAB’s 27th Annual Brent Newman Egg Drop Competition.

Nearly 700 students from local elementary, middle and high schools designed contraptions to protect eggs as they dropped from Vulcan. The goal was for a participant’s contraption to prevent the egg from breaking after the approximately 100-foot drop.

The event, which was sponsored and managed by the UAB School of Engineering chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, began in 1989 to promote engineering education and inspire the next generation of Alabama engineers.

Students used approved materials to design their contraptions, which were required to fit in a container no larger than 2 feet on a side. There were no design restrictions. Students were judged on the design of their contraptions, including their weight, ease of use and creativity. First- through third-place winners and a most creative winner were named in elementary, middle and high school categories.

See the full list of winners here.