Local firefighters assist Mountainview Elementary School students with ‘eggs-periment’

Sixth grade student Colby McKelvey reacts to the broken egg inside the box, which was craddled by a pillow. Lorena Mejia/The Signal

After a week of building and testing their forces and momentum project, sixth-grade Mountainview Elementary School students were to put their experiment through the final test: delivering an unharmed egg, dropped from high above the ground, by using items to secure a successful landing.

When Camryn Arnold told her students they would be testing their experiments at the front of their school, they didn’t expect to see their local firefighters.

Firefighters from Station 150 in Canyon Country waited for the students to come out as they stood by their engine, with the ladder 85 feet high.

Firefighters, from Station 150 in Canyon Country, drop eggs from 85 feet high during a science experiment at Mountainview Elementary School. Lorena Mejia/The Signal

“The kids thought that we were dropping them from a second-story building, so this was a complete surprise to them that we are six stories up,” said Arnold, a sixth-grade teacher at Mountainview.

The students were encouraged to use recycled materials instead of buying items for “The Great Egg Drop,” according to Arnold.

They used empty bags of chips, containers, shipping boxes, shopping bags, latex balloons, and even straws.

“When it kind of clicked, it was just awesome for them to go, ‘Oh no, we should’ve planned better,’” added Arnold. “They were still trying to logistically plan as they were walking out and I said, ‘Sorry, we’re done.”

Camryn Arnold’s sixth grade class reacts to an egg breaking as part of their science experiment Tuesday morning. Lorena Mejia/The Signal

And although some eggs withstood the fall, others didn’t have the same fate.

“My egg didn’t survive and I even put it in a box and inside a pillow,” said Colby McKelvey, a student who participated in the experiment.

Arnold says the STEM project was a great opportunity for students to work on their building and problem-solving skills while also working within a group setting.

“This project was to make school fun while learning,” she added.

Sixth grade students, Natalie White (left) and Katelyn Nelson (right), show off their project and the egg that survived the 85 foot drop. Lorena Mejia/The Signal

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Lorena Mejia

Lorena Mejia

Lorena was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She attended California State University Northridge where she double majored in Journalism and Chicano Studies and minored in Spanish Language Journalism. While at CSUN, she worked for the university's television and radio newscast. Through her journalistic work, she earned membership to Kappa Tau Alpha, a national honor society for selected journalists. Her passion for the community has introduced her to new people, ideas, and issues that have helped shape the person she is today. Lorena’s skills include using cameras as a tool to empower people by informing them and creating change in their communities. Some of her hobbies include reading the news, exploring the outdoors, and being an avid animal lover.