How to Drop an Egg Without Breaking It by Using Straws and Rubber Bands

Conduct an egg drop experiment using only three items
••• Images

Science teachers often assign the classic egg drop experiment to middle school and high school students. This experiment is designed to teach students about gravitational and kinetic energy. Experiment with different materials to determine what will prevent eggs from breaking. Students can make a crate from straws and rubber bands for this experiment.

    Drinking straws wrapped with rubber bands protect the egg.
    ••• Hemera Technologies/ Images

    Loosely wrap a rubber band around the egg. Gently stack the straws upright between the rubber band and the egg. Do this around the entire egg to create a crate. It helps to have a friend assist you.

    Go to a stairwell, rooftop or window. Let the egg drop. Unwrap the straws and rubber bands and check to see if the egg is still intact.

    Conduct the experiment more than once if necessary
    ••• Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images

    Conduct the experiment again if your egg broke. Add more rubber bands this time. Add another layer of straws for a thicker crate to cradle your egg.

    Things You'll Need

    • Uncooked eggs
    • Drinking straws
    • Rubber bands
    • Helper


    • Try dropping the eggs from different heights. Keep a chart for your findings. Have a contest to see who can build the best protective crate for their egg.


    • Be sure to clean up any mess quickly because dried egg can be difficult to remove when it hardens.

Related Articles

How Do Cotton Balls Prevent an Egg From Breaking?
Cool Science Projects for 13-Year-Olds
Egg in Bottle Science Projects
Materials for Bouncing an Egg for a Science Fair Project
Why Does an Egg's Shell Dissolve When Put in Vinegar?
How to Float an Egg in Water
How to Make a Egg Shell Dissolve for a Science Fair...
How to Build a Successful Egg Drop Container for Physics
Successful Egg Drop Ideas
Science Project Egg Experiments
How to Package to Protect an Egg for a Science Project?
How to Make a Homemade Bouncy Ball Made From an Egg
How to Make a Rubber Ball Out of an Egg
Osmosis Egg Experiments
The Science Behind the Egg Drop Experiment
Why Does an Egg Shrink in Different Solutions?
How to Build an Egg Catapult
How to Make Egg Launchers
How To Demonstrate Newton's Laws of Motion