Egg Drop

One of Calhoun’s favorite traditions for more than 30 years, the Egg Drop is a test of creativity and physics: students create parachutes made out of tissue paper, toothpicks, plastic straws and glue, designed to safely carry an egg from the seventh floor to the street below.

The parachute must be able to protect its cargo--a raw egg--when it is tossed from the school's seventh floor to the street below. Students whose parachutes successfully "escort" the eggs, unbroken, are declared winners by the cheers of students, parents and neighbors on the street below.

The creation of the parachutes, which began as a special end-of-year project for graduating seniors, is now an interdisciplinary science/art project for Middle Schoolers.


Main Building 3rd - 12th Grades 433 West End Avenue New York, NY 10024 212.497.6500

Robert L. Beir Lower School Building 2.8 Years - 2nd Grade 160 West 74th Street New York, NY 10023 212.497.6550

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