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Lathrop 8th graders conduct egg-citing STEM drop challenge
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The Lathrop-Manteca Fire District helped with the Lathrop School eighth grade STEM egg drop challenge.

The air was filled with excitement and anticipation at Lathrop Elementary School as 101 8th graders took on the exhilarating challenge of a science-focused Egg Drop activity.

 This hands-on learning event, conducted in collaboration with the Lathrop/Manteca Fire Department, provided students with a practical application of physics, engineering, and problem-solving skills, all while fostering teamwork and creativity.

Students were tasked with designing and assembling a protective casing for their eggs, which would then be dropped from a towering 100-foot height off a fire truck.

The objective was simple yet challenging: ensure the egg's survival upon impact. Working in teams of two to four, the students put their scientific knowledge and engineering skills to the test.

The journey to the final event began with an unofficial practice round in October, allowing students to experiment and refine their designs.

The final project spanned two days, during which the teams meticulously crafted their egg protection devices.

 "This event signifies more than just a fun experiment; it's a hands-on lesson that goes beyond the classroom," shared Joseph Rasmussen, one of the coordinating teachers.

"For our students, it's a chance to see the real-world application of scientific principles they've been learning about. It's about problem-solving, collaboration, and perseverance. They get to experience the thrill of testing their ideas in a practical setting, and even if some eggs cracked, the experience itself is uncrackable."


The competition was fierce but friendly, with impressive results.

Ms. Tavares's class saw six eggs survive the drop, Mr. Rasmussen's class also had six survivors, and Ms. Nevarez's class led the way with seven eggs remaining intact.

 The success of Ms. Nevarez's class earned them a well-deserved pizza party and bragging rights among the entire 8th grade class.

 Adding to the event's excitement, 8th grader Andrea Lemus did an outstanding job as the event's master of ceremonies, guiding her peers through the day's activities and keeping the energy high.

Rasmussen highlighted the broader significance of the event.

“It shows students that learning can be exciting, that failure is part of the process, and that with determination, they can overcome challenges,” he said. “ Plus, it fosters a positive relationship between them and the local community, especially with the fire department, which can have lasting benefits beyond this particular event."

 The Egg Drop activity at Lathrop Elementary School was more than just an educational exercise connected to grade level standards; it was a celebration of creativity, resilience, and community spirit, leaving a lasting impression on participants and spectators alike.