Fragile! Handle with Care! This Side Up! (page 2)

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Author: Muriel Gerhard

Experimental Procedure

  1. State the problem you are going to investigate in this science fair project.
  2. Create the data sheets you will use to record your observations.
  3. Gather all your materials. Use the same size of box
  4. Using the same sized boxes, preferably square boxes measuring six inches on each side. Place the different materials separately in each box and label the box. For example box #1 may contain packing peanuts, box #2 may contain bubble wrap, box #3 may contain packing paper and box #4 may be the control, just the eggs. Place a raw egg in the center of each box and cover with the specific material, be it bubble wrap, the peanuts etc.
  5. Seal each box and make certain it is labeled.
  6. Make certain to set up your control, a box with just the raw egg. Seal and albeit.
  7. Start by getting upon the ladder and deciding the height from which you will drop each box. Note the word drop. Do not throw each box! Just hold each one up to the same height and just let go!
  8. Inspect each box. Open it to see if the egg survived the fall or did it crack? If so how many cracks and how large were they? When in doubt, you may wish to repeat this part again using a new egg.
  9. Optional: You may wish to repeat this experiment again by dropping the eggs from different heights to determine if height is an important variable in this experiment and if one particular type of packing material is best for long drops. 
  10. After inspecting each box, record your observations. You may wish to take photos of the before and after conditions.
  11. Prepare your report and include all of the following: a clear statement of the problem and your hypothesis, Include the reason for your hypothesis. List the materials used. Include the safety precautions taken. Describe the procedures used. Include all the data that were gathered. Include all charts. Formulate your conclusions.  For dramatic value, you may include photos of the materials used or of you in the process of conducting this investigation as well as the pictures of the results. Include a bibliography of sources you used. You may wish to assess what you did and describe what you would do differently if you were to do this project again.


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