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Cracked eggs worth a 'C'
The harder the thud, the worse were prospects for survival.

One by one, Walter White's students watched Thursday morning as their egg drop projects were put to the test of physics and gravity. Dropped from Ceres Fire Department ladder truck #74 at the five-story height of 65 feet, most of the crated eggs did not make it.

Ingenius techniques seemed to work best. Tristin Migilo put his egg inside of a plastic soda bottle filled with Jell-O. The unit was then tethered to helium filled balloons that softened the impact of the unit on the playground surface. The last egg dropped, it remained uncracked, earning Migilo an A plus grade.

"The parachutes seemed to help," said teacher Rachael Johnson. "The ones that thud the loudest tended to break. We warned the students that the heaviest would likely break."

Johnson said fifth- and sixth-graders had a month to work in pairs or trios to develop ideas resulting in crafts. Students researched on the internet as well as brainstormed for materials that would be effective. The unit had to weigh less than 200 grams and be made of simple household items like cotton balls, sponges, or foam. The project was designed to think about math, and science such as force of impact and gravity.

Only two of 12 eggs from her class made it, a survival rate of one-sixth.

Fifth-grader Luis Rivera cushioned his egg in fabric inside a Country Crock margarine container. He then connected it to a plastic shopping bag for a parachute.

Sofia Vergara watched as her egg, couched in a cardboard box filled with shredded tissue paper, was dropped. After it smacked the asphalt, she ran over to pick it up and worked anxiously to free it. It was cracked.

""It cracked. It's an F," said a disappointed Vergara. She was quickly set straight by Mrs. Johnson, who said, "It's not an F. You tried. It's a C. You still get credit for doing it."

A's went to students whose eggs were unscathed in the fall. Cracked eggs that weren't leaking earned a B grade while all broken eggs got a C grade.

"They had fun," said Johnson.

Other classes that participated were those of Elizabeth Tyler-Pannell, Ed Krohn and Brett Walker.