Cooper Union Egg Toss in the News
March 22, 2011
Could throwing an egg from the Foundation Building serve as a pedagogical tool? In this year's Egg Toss Competition it was. Cooper Union students were challenged to design a device that would protect the egg from breaking once being strategically released from the third floor portico. Albert Nerken School of Engineering Professor Wootton encouraged his class to participate and incorporated the egg toss as part of a class exercise to teach the concepts of safety design and engineering. "The goal was to analyze all the variables engineers take into account when studying things like automobile crashes or sports injuries," said Professor Wootton, who also entered the competition and won first place. Media was invited to the event and coverage was wide spread: Wall Street Journal, Metro and DNAInfo and footage appeared on WSJ.com, NY1, WPIX-Ch 11, and CBS MarketWatch.