How to stand on eggs! science experiment : Fizzics Education


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How to stand on eggs!

How to stand on eggs!

Follow FizzicsEd 150 Science Experiments:

You will need:

  • Two cartons of eggs
  • One wooden board, or a large book
  • Measuring weights
  • Three chairs
  • Be aware of egg vapour allergies in your class


Stand on eggs science experiment - materials needed
1 Stand on eggs science experiment - materials needed

Place three chairs around the two open cartons of eggs.

2 Stand on eggs science experiment - ready to go

Sit on the middle chair and place your hands on the other two chairs.

3 Stand on eggs science experiment - pushing off the desks

Put one foot on each carton of eggs.

4 Stand on eggs science experiment - standing on eggs

Supporting your weight with the two chairs, carefully raise yourself upright so that you slowly put more weight on the eggs until you are completely standing on them without the support of the chairs!

5 A man pointing at a bicycle wheel spinning horizontally on a desk (balancing by itself)

Get the Unit of Work on Forces here!

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  • Friction & spin!

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Why Does This Happen

Eggshells are very strong if they are compressed. The curved shape of the eggshell allows the force to be spread horizontally and vertically throughout the shell.

You can think of an eggshell as being like a 360-degree arched bridge. Engineers have known about the strength of arches for thousands of years. Arches are very stable and allow building structures to support a lot of weight. Some structures built by the ancient Romans have survived thousands of years due to arches built into their design.

Road safety application

Bike helmet curved surfaces help to distribute forces around the skull rather than directly onto the skull during a bike crash. However, it’s not just about the ability to distribute force in a bike helmet that protects you, its also the ability of the foam within the bike helmet to crumple and absorb the impact energy experienced when colliding with the ground.

Curved surfaces also distribute forces in cars and in a similar way to bike helmets, modern cars have crumple zones designed to absorb the impact forces experienced during a car crash.

Variables to test

More on variables here

  • Is there a way to arrange the eggs so that you can use less of them and they still survive?
  • Can this be done with balloons? What about water balloons?
  • Does it matter if the eggs are on their side or upside-down?

Going further

Try testing how strong eggshells are with this activity

Painted eggshells holding up biology books on a table

A man with a glove above a liquid nitrogen vapour cloud

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