Try Some "Egg-cellent" Science
April 30, 2014

This month we have some“egg-cellent” ideas for fun science. Maybe you found yourself with extra eggs after the Easter holiday that you didn’t find time to color or cook. Maybe you just haven’t gotten around to throwing out the hard boiled eggs you dyed. Before you get rid of these eggs, how about some fun science?

Three Quirkles books, feature the simple but perfect egg as the “star” ingredient. Try Mary Motion’s Egg Spin to demonstrate the concept of inertia. What happens when you spin a raw egg on a flat surface? How about a hard boiled egg? Why? Try Pressure Pete’s Vacuum to suck a hard-boiled egg into a milk bottle (or use a balloon and wide-mouthed jar). And finally for some real "oohs" and "ahhs," try Mary Motion’s Plummeting Egg. This demonstrates Newton’s First Law of Motion.

Of course working with eggs in these activities is not for the faint of heart if you are afraid of a little mess. But that’s what makes it fun! Drop an egg? Clean it up and start again. Learn from those mistakes and mishaps!   

In our video, we demonstrate an experiment that didn’t go as planned (and then as it is supposed to be). What we don’t show is how many other “accidents” we had along the way! You can bet our young scientists couldn’t wait to tell their parents about the accidents…probably more quickly than the experiments that went flawlessly. That’s the great thing about science. You try, you discover, and you re-do until you figure it out. What an "egg-cellent" way to learn!