Unearthly Eggs

Discover with your class by taking on this fun science experiment displaying the physical integrity of eggs. Trust us; it’s out of this world!

What You’ll Need:

  • Four eggs
  • Transparent tape
  • Scissors
  • Telephone books or other gargantuan books
  • Sharpies or markers

How to Get Your Unearthly Eggs Made and Under Pressure :

  1. Carefully break off the tips of the more pointed ends of the four eggs and pour out the insides.
  2. Pour out the eggs' contents.

    Pour out the eggs' contents.

  3. Take a piece of transparent tape and wind it around the center of each eggshell.
  4. Cut through the center of the tape to make four dome-shaped shells. Throw away the other, penetrated end of each shell.
  5. Cut through the tape to create the domes.

    Cut through the tape to create the domes.

  6. Lay the four domes on a table in the shape of a square with the cut side down.
  7. Using your imaginations, decide what eggs of the future will look like. Will they be blue and spotted? Will they have alien faces on them? Use paint or sharpies to make them as futuristic as you want!
  8. Decorated Eggs

    Decorated Eggs

  9. Have your students guess how many humongous books they can lay on top of the shells before they break. Delicately give it a go!.
  10. Step 2. See how much weight your unearthly eggs can withstand!

    See how much weight your unearthly eggs can withstand!

    How can eggs be so strong?

    Surprised at how strong eggs are? They have to be from the future, right? Well, the real reason they are so strong is because of their arches. Even if arches are made of fragile egg shells, they are still very strong. They apply horizontal and vertical force to resist the weight and pressure of massive things. Ask your students to spot all the arches they can in your community on their way home. Many bridges and buildings are held up by the strength of arches!

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