* Purdue College of Technology at Muncie/Anderson

April 24, 2007

High school students to launch eggs, learn science in Muncie

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Physics principles and eggs might seem like an unlikely combination, but high school students will bring the two together during a Purdue University-sponsored competition Friday (April 27) in Muncie, Ind.

The fourth annual Iron Egg Launch Design Competition will take place 9:45 a.m. at Ball State University's West Campus Field Picnic Shelter in Muncie.

Purdue's College of Technology at the Anderson/Muncie location and Ball State's Department of Technology are sponsoring the event.

In the competition, groups of four to six high school students will design and build an apparatus to launch an egg at a target 25 meters away. The device will include a container to hold the egg and keep it from breaking upon landing.

"This is a great opportunity for students to combine the math, science and communications skills they've learned in high school into an educational and fun project," said David Riegle, Purdue's Anderson/Muncie student services coordinator. "This event gives them hands-on experience in applying scientific concepts while at the same time holding their interest and allowing them to see how these theories apply to real-world situations."

Teams also must submit a written report that includes design schematics, a budget, the scientific basis for the device and other information. They are judged on a combination of launch accuracy, creativity, egg protection and quality of the written report. For the first time, students this year are required to produce either a brochure or a Web page to explain how their device operates.

Participating schools are Delta High School, Muncie; Pendleton Heights High School, Pendleton, Ind.; Noblesville High School, Noblesville, Ind.; Blue River Valley High School, Mount Summit, Ind., and Southern Wells High School in Poneto, Ind.

Pendleton Heights won last year's competition.

The contest will be postponed to May 4 in the event of inclement weather.

This year's event is sponsored by the Anderson Federation of Teachers, Perfecto Tool & Engineering Co. Inc., W.R. Dunkin & Son Inc. and Independent Federal Credit Union.

To learn more about the competition and how schools can get involved, contact Riegle at (765) 285-5554,

Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998,

Source: David Riegle, (765) 285-5554,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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