Eggs don Halloween costumes for the long
Anne-Marie Tarrant and family enjoy the competition.
"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
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.
Charles Panaccione does postflight inspection of the flying lobster.
Dennis Ward (E&O) and Jeff Webber (Unidata) release "Splat-Kelton's Eggdurance."
• Tina Arthur, Education and Outreach
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