Eggs don Halloween costumes for the long drop

Photograph of people watching egg drop 2004
Anne-Marie Tarrant and family enjoy the competition.
Photograph of Jon Wolfe signaling touchdown
"Touchdown!" says Jon Wolfe.

This year’s scientists vs. students egg drop, held October 22, had a Halloween theme. The Bridge School and Foothills Elementary School joined to compete against NCAR/UCAR staff. Official judges Charles Panaccione and Jon Wolfe (SCD) did a marvelous job, and luckily no eggs hit the targets on their hard hats.

Grand Prize Winner for the school teams was Kai Swann-Martinez for his “Tribal Shield,” which floated down egg-loquently without a parachute to slow it down. Grand Prize Winner for NCAR/UCAR was Dennis Ward with his entry, “RobertusSpongia TrapezoidalTrousers” (a.k.a. SpongeBob’s evil twin). The NETS/SCD entry, “SpongeBob ScaryPants Attempts to Sky Dive,” would have had a pretty good chance of winning if the team had remembered to put an egg in it.

The Most Eggstraterrestrial Award went to Emily Netter’s “Eggs-cellent Eggdropper” for the longest hang time. The Most ScaryEggist Award went to Chelsey Knutson with her “Wicked Witch of NCAR.”

A special award was given to Anne-Marie Tarrant (RAP) and family for their “Splat-kelton’s Eggdurance.” “May this ship not be crushed and swallowed up by the pavement at NCARtica,” they exclaimed, while wishing that our colleagues in Antarctica could have seen it plunge south.

Budget/Planning sent their “Eggstra Eggstra Flying Lobster” to the event. It flew down like no other crustacean ever had, which almost protected its precious cargo.

Gift certificates for the prizes were donated by the Egg and I and LePeep of Boulder. These certificates were handed out to the grand prize winners and to the teachers for all their hard work helping the students prepare for the egg drop competitions.

Once again, the students showed that they are engineers in the making: the Foothills Elementary School entries had a success rate of 88.9%, and the Bridge School had a success rate of 89.5%. NCAR’s success rate, on the other hand, was a mediocre 55.6%. Will the scientists ever win? Wait till next year to find out.

Photograph of student at egg drop, 2004 Photograph of Charles Panaccione inspecting flying lobster
Charles Panaccione does postflight inspection of the flying lobster.
Photograph of Dennis Ward and Jeff Webber at egg drop 2004
Dennis Ward (E&O) and Jeff Webber (Unidata) release "Splat-Kelton's Eggdurance."

• Tina Arthur, Education and Outreach

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