Buff third-graders drop eggs
Third-grade classes at Buff Elementary School held their fifth annual egg drop May 31, with assistance from the Jefferson County Fire Department.
Fire department personnel set up their ladder truck in the parking lot on the north side of the school for the third year, using a rope and pulley system to raise containers full of students' carefully packaged eggs up the ladder.
When he received a container, fire department volunteer Onasis Adame counted down with students before dropping each of the eggs.
"We do this activity as part of a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) research project," explained teacher Davinie Fiero. "Students learn the scientific process and build containers to protect a raw egg being dropped from 40 feet off the ground."
"This is a fun and engaging tradition for students at Buff," she said. "My favorite thing is when they tell me what their older brother or sister did when they made their container. I love that it has become a tradition at our school!"
As part of the project, third-grade teachers Hayyley Campbell and Fiero gather a variety of recycling materials, which they make available to their students, who must create their containers at school.
"This keeps things fair, with all students having access to the same materials," said Fiero. "This year, between the two third-grade classes, we had 37 of 57 survive without a crack. That's the best success rate we've had yet."