MSOE students protect eggs from 3-story drop

Posted at 5:53 PM, Mar 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-11 22:11:50-05

St. Patrick's Day isn't all things Irish and beer. St. Patrick is the patron saint of engineers so MSOE put their students to the test.

Their mission: engineer a way to protect a raw egg during a three-story drop.

Junior Daniel Strycharz was one of the organizers. "It was just constantly thinking of like, OK, how can we force them to be creative but not make it so it's so easy," he said.

Physics major Autumn-Stormy McFaul and business major Katherine Chitkow were up for the challenge.

"We've got a parachute that we made out of the paper bag," said Chitkow. "And then we put our egg in this cone and tried to cushion it on the bottom."

"More time for impact," said McFaul.

25 teams entered the contest using items such as a taco shell, plastic utensils, and a rubber band.

They dropped egg after egg after egg with each egg splattering to a chorus of "oohs".

And then it was McFaul and Chitkow's turn. They dropped their egg to a chorus of clapping.

Their egg was the only egg that did not break so they got to split the $250 pot.

"It's enough for a book," said Chitkow.

"Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. A book," said McFaul.

The egg drop takes place every year during MSOE's St. Patrick's week events.