KSAT Kids Home Science: Egg Drop Challenge

See an easy way to learn about inertia and gravity

Are you looking for something fun to do at home that has a little bit of science behind it?

SAN ANTONIO – Hello parents, teachers and students!

Are you looking for something fun to do at home that has a little bit of science behind it?

Well, check out this awesome at-home demonstration from Sciencebob.com that teaches about inertia and gravity!

So why exactly do you think the egg falls directly down? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Be sure to check out GMSA@9 on Wednesdays when Meteorologist Kaiti Blake does the demonstrations and explains the science behind it. To view the video, click on the player above.

Egg drop challenge

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • egg
  • plastic cup
  • plastic tray or plate
  • toilet paper roll (just the cardboard part)

Procedure/Instructions (from ScienceBob.com)

  • Place the tray centered over the cup
  • Place the tube on its end in the center of the tray
  • Place the egg horizontally on the tube
  • When ready, strike the tray hard enough with your palm to send the tray flying, but not so hard you hit the glass of water. If all goes well, the tray and paper tube will go flying, but the egg will safely drop into the water.

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About the Authors:

Kaiti Blake is a child weather-geek-turned-meteorologist. A member of the KSAT Weather Authority, Kaiti is a co-host of the Whatever the Weather video podcast. After graduating from Texas Tech University, Kaiti worked at WJTV 12 in Jackson, Mississippi and KTAB in Abilene.

Ben Spicer is a digital journalist who works the early morning shift for KSAT.