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Egg Drop Challenge

May 23 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


The Rules

Each participant will use the same list of supplies in order to construct a contraption that will protect an egg from up to a 3 story fall.

  • The device must not exceed 8″ cubic area (8″ x 8″ x 8″)
  • The contraption should not be loaded with an egg before the competition

The following materials are NOT ALLOWED

  • Any type of parachute contraption (designs must be able to free fall)
  • Packing peanuts
  • Metals (except for conjunction items such as screws, staples, paperclips, etc.)
  • Glass
  • Chemical Containers
  • Styrofoam (with the exception of whole Styrofoam cups)
  • Thick wood (such as 2×4)
  • Any food products (with exception of the egg provided on the day of the competition)

    Judging Criteria

    A panel of Catalyst Space members will judge the device according to the conditions mentioned below.

    1. The egg remains intact. If any of the egg’s contents spills, the design is disqualified.
    2. The egg which survives the highest fall is considered the winner. If there is more than one device which qualifies to be the winner, the judges will determine a winner based on the following.
    • The size and weight of the design: Most points are awarded for the minimum size and weight.
    • Ease of operation: Most points are awarded to the device which is the easiest to load.
    • Creativity and Engineering Practice: Most points are awarded to the device which demonstrates the most creative design solution, the greatest knowledge of physical sciences, and the greatest craftsmanship.
    • Durability of the Device: Most points are awarded to the device with the least damage by the end of the competition.
    • Discretion of the judges


    This competition is open to any member of the public.

    NO AGE LIMIT! That’s right anyone who can create a contraption is able to participate.


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May 23
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Catalyst Space


Catalyst Space
1331 12th Ave, Ste 205
Altoona, PA 16601 United States
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