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SCA 6th Graders Do Souez Egg Drop

SCA 6th graders collaborate to build space capsule

SCA 6th graders collaborate to build space capsule

Summit Christian Academy 6th Graders Do Souez Egg Drop

(Lee’s Summit, MO) – Summit Christian Academy (SCA) 6th grade students recently welcomed SCA alumni and president of Miners in Space at Missouri S & T Shannah Withrow to their science class.  Ms. Withrow lectured about the recent research being done in the Aerospace program.

“We were excited to have Shannah come share about engineering with our students.  They learned about the NASA projects with which she is involved, including the International Space Station,” said SCA 6th grade teacher Mrs. Bethany Lee.  “Students also engaged in a hands-on activity called the Souez Egg Drop.” 

In this engineering project, students worked in teams to design a space capsule that would protect three astronauts (hardboiled eggs) from the harsh conditions of re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere (drop from 7 feet).  Students had 45 minutes to design and create their capsule, including a hatch for the astronauts to enter and exit the capsule.  At the outset of the exercise, student received spacebux, which could be used to purchase materials to build the simulated spacecraft.  A facilitator placed the astronauts in the capsule and dropped the capsule for “reentry.”  Those eggs that survived “re-entry” with no cracks were evidence that the student team was successful in their mission.

“Students had a blast with the Souez Egg Drop project,” said Mrs. Lee.  “This exercise really encouraged them to be creative and to think outside of the box.”

Photo caption:  SCA 6th grade students work to design a space capsule.

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