Local Students Compete in ‘M.E.S.A Egg Drop Competition’
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Sitting and learning about science in a classroom could be a struggle for some kids.
But several students from around the valley headed out to Colorado Mesa University on Wednesday, for a unique spin on physics class.
“Each of us here have built structures to hold three eggs and we are going to drop them off a building to see if the eggs are going to survive,” said Lindsay Gnesios, 10th grade student.
Gnesios and over 40 other students are competing in this year's “M.E.S.A. Egg Drop Competition.”
However, it's more than just about trying to win the golden egg.
Dirk Terpstra is hopping this event will help the kids learn more about engineering and physics in a unique way
“It’s a lot different than sitting in class and learning about gravity,” said Terpstra. “This way they actually get to see it and see the effects of what goes on.”
It’s the 7th year CMU’s Society of Physics Students is hosting this event for area middle and high schoolers.
“This is a hands-on event,” said Terpstra. “This is a fun time that they get to come out. They put all their time into an apparatus they built.”
Whether or not their eggs make it safely to the bottom, learning from what they built is what it’s all about.
“I'm into engineering and those kinds of things,” said Gnesios. “So it was really fun just making a design that I hope will work better than just dropping the eggs.”