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You Can't Make a Fall Festival Without a Few Broken Eggs

Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 11:30am - 1:30pm

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A losing entry from 2011. Credit: Hedlund

A losing entry from 2011. Credit: Hedlund

The annual Egg Drop, where cunning devices compete to safely shepherd the fragile package of a chicken egg free-falling 30 feet, returns to Cooper's Foundation Building Tuesday the 18th at 11:30 AM.  Held outdoors, the Egg Drop is free and open to the public to watch and participate.  Following an hour for the construction of the egg-carriages, the drops begin at 12:30.

Once a springtime event, it has moved to coincide with the school’s Fall Festival.  All members of Cooper Union, and even the public at large, are invited to participate either solo or in teams.  “We are hoping for around ten teams at least,” said Sharang Phadke, Assistant to the Administrative Chair of the Engineering Council, which organizes the event. Once held in the Spring, the Egg Drop has moved to coincide with the school’s Fall Festival where clubs set up information tables in Peter Cooper park.

Contestants must create a device that holds the egg safely as it is dropped from the balcony on the Foundation building to a target below.  Winners are determined by a formula that factors in the status of the egg, the distance it lands from the target and the weight of the carriage. Egg Drop participants can either arrive with their device pre-built or else create one on the spot with free materials provided by the Council.  First prize is $60 and an egg.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.