In their first year of competition in the Planetary Lander Egg Drop competition held at Kennedy Space Center, Alafia Elementary School brought home awards for each of their teams. Brickhaus Blaster's (Space Monkeys) came in first place, the Fantastic Four came in second place, Gator Busters took third place, and 6 Beagles captured the Fan Favorite award for Most Creative Lander.
According to the STEaM Florida Afterschool Network website, the annual Planetary Lander Egg-Drop Competition (PLEDC) challenges K-12 students across Florida to compete for prizes against the brightest youths in the state. Each team is tasked with designing and building their own lander in which an uncooked egg will serve as the payload and must survive a drop of almost 20-feet, just as a real NASA lander would on the Moon, Mars or an Asteroid. Teams must build their planetary landers so that they can fit into a 10 inch x 10 inch x 12 inch container and the landers may be constructed of all forms of aluminum, plastic, wood or soft foam.
Although sponsorship of the competition has changed over the years, according to the Blog Spot for the Planetary Lander Egg-Drop Competition, “Teachers were inspired by the competition and requested that it be continued. Space Florida took the lead and ran the egg-drop competition from 2010-2015 to help generate interest and promote students' understanding of aerospace technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as increase their awareness of organizations that help promote the space industry.” Apparently Alafia ES had the “Egg-Drop” touch this year. Congratulations Alafia Alligators!!
For information about Alafia Elementary school visit their website at http://alafia.mysdhc.org
Read a recent Osprey Observer story:
Alafia Elementary Students Collect Awards At Egg Drop Competition & More