Matthew Edison and Carter Condo dropped an egg from the second floor of the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library Wednesday, watching as it hit the basement floor with a loud thud.
They raced down two flights of stairs to see if the egg broke. It had been carefully placed inside a paper cup that was stuffed with fluffy, fiber filling and wrapped in a blanket. That was supposed to protect it.
The 12-year-old boys carefully removed the blanket that enveloped their contraption and peered inside the cup.
“Ooh,” Condo said. “There is its guts.”
The egg had broken. Even before the egg drop, though, they said they weren’t confident their contraption would actually work.
“There’s always a flaw in my designs,” Edison said.
Shirley Hoy, who was mentoring a 12-year-old girl with her own design for the egg drop, encouraged the boys to just try their design out. If it broke, they’d know to try something else.
When they worried aloud that they might fail, she quashed that idea.
“You don’t fail,” she said. “You just find a lot of ways it won’t work.”
A handful of kids joined Condo and Edison at the library’s downtown branch Wednesday for its latest summer reading program activity —this one aimed at pre-teens and teens.
Justin Kingery, the assistant director of adult and teen services at the library, said many of the library’s activities are geared toward young children.
So this week he planned an egg drop, something fun for an older demographic, he said. Kids created contraptions they thought would protect an egg during a two-story fall. They could use any materials they wanted but couldn’t create a parachute for it or use balloons.
“It’s a little bit of science, a little bit of engineering and a little bit of fun,” Kingery said.