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Grade 6 Egg Drop Highlights Study of the Brain


The Grade 6 health curriculum explores the anatomy and physiology of the human body and its life functions. Students examine the structure, function, and relationships of these systems, including reproduction, and their roles in healthy growth and development. Students also investigate the developing teenage brain’s prefrontal cortex as it relates to individual critical thinking, decision-making, and emotional well-being. 

Other areas of concentration are lifetime fitness, disease prevention, and self-management skills. Hands-on activities include learning hands-only CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, building models of the digestive system, and creating 3-D printed joint models. The annual egg drop is an extension of these studies relating to prevention and personal well-being. 

The second-floor fire escape on the MacArthur Campus becomes the setting for the egg drop. Students work together in teams and, by working through visual representations, brainstorm various “helmet” innovations. Supplementing these diagrams are explanations as to how their helmets will protect the enclosed egg and how they will be constructed with given supplies. 

Teams are graded based on three criteria: 1. Did the egg complete the drop without breaking? 2. If not, how much of the shell was still intact? 3. Did team members successfully complete the assignment (collaboration, innovative use of supplies, whether they managed to make a helmet and prepare fully for the drop)? Out of a total of 13 groups, three eggs successfully survived the drop intact, five survived with the majority of the shell in place, and five did not withstand the drop. 

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