Have you ever heard of the egg drop challenge?
As part of a science class project, classmates Jeffrey, Matthew, Charlie and Derrick took this popular challenge to the next level by achieving the greatest height to drop a protected egg without breaking – 13.31 m (43 ft 8 in)!
That’s as tall as the Brachiosaurus dinosaur. 🦕
As you can tell, the egg drop challenge is a fun experiment in which you have to figure out a way to drop an egg from a certain height, without breaking it.
How is that possible, you might ask?
Well, that’s where you have to be thinking… outside the eggshell! 🥚
“It all started with a class in our school called science Olympiad,” Charlie explained.
“Students pick a topic in the STEM field and do research or experiments on it and present what they did at the end of the semester. […] After researching a little bit we found the Guinness World Records title for highest protected egg drop!
“We decided on a box like structure with straws sticking out and a small parachute on top. […] When our tests succeeded we found witnesses and set a date to attempt the record.”
But breaking a world record is not an easy feat – in fact, the friends and classmates had to attempt the record twice, as their first attempt was disqualified:
“A few days before it had snowed so we had to clear the area of snow. The first attempt succeeded but, after review, we found that it had actually landed on snow, disqualifying the record.
“The second attempt we made sure to do everything right this time in order to ensure we got the record. […] The day we attempted it was also windy so we had to wait for the perfect moment to drop it!”
Thankfully their second attempt was approved, and the rest… is history. 👏
The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) enthusiasts are very happy with their achievement, although they do not plan on attempting any other records in the future.
They admitted, however, that if their current record is broken before they finish high school, they will do their best to get their precious title back! 💪
Our teenage record breakers live a busy life with multiple hobbies and passions.
For example, Charlie told us: “I like to swim and play tennis outside of school. I am currently in 3 clubs at our school: investment club, Peer mediation (a club that aims at helping out new students and encouraging unity), and I help run the African Education programme which aims at fundraising for education for children in Zambia.
“Matthew likes playing the piano, biking, and playing video games.”
Amongst their many achievements, breaking a world record remains one of their proudest moments:
“I had always grown up watching videos on people getting these records and thought about how cool it would be to have one. I never thought I would be able to get a record but clearly I was wrong.
“The experience of getting the record was also amazing too! We got to learn more about scientific processes such as taking notes and trial and error.”
We learned that nothing is impossible and we should always push ourselves to achieve great things.
Congratulations to the whole team, and welcome to the Guinness World Records family! ❤️
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