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Encouraging young scientists

Posted: Friday, Feb 21st, 2014

Jessica Gaytán, 6, shows that her egg survived a plunge from the fourth floor of the Watsonville Civic Plaza building Thursday during the annual egg drop contest in recognition of National Engineer's Week. The egg was wrapped in foam packaging. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — A drop from the sixth floor of a building in Downtown Watsonville meant the end for many people Thursday afternoon, but thanks to planning and careful engineering, many others survived the fall.

The event was Watsonville’s 12-annual Egg Drop Contest. It draws participants of every age who answer a simple challenge: to build a device that can protect an egg from a 60-foot fall from the parking structure adjacent to the Watsonville City Plaza building.

The task had few rules: duct tape and gels were forbidden, and all materials had to be shatterproof. The final products had to be no more than 16 inches wide.

For the complete article see the 02-22-2014 issue.

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