Thursday, January 25, 2007

Is Your Egg Broken?

OUR tutor, Mr. Fawaz bring forward the studio hour from Friday. We had our studio this morning and started with the first unit of our second project.

All of us started constructing our structure for the egg. There is abit changes in the materials given. The maximum length of the thread allowed is up to 3 meters. And the satay sticks given are 30. The size of the butter paper is still the same, A1 size.

Vanessa has this idea of making a small box for the egg. Then another bigger box to support the small box, with some strings. There will be parachute above to hold the box from falling fast.

Meanwhile, my idea (thanks to David) is to make a tripod which then the egg will be put inside. Then attach a parachute to slow down the fall. The purpose of making the tripod is to equally spread the impact force to the center of the egg shell when the structure touches the ground. Thus the egg will not break easily.

From tripod to tetahedon shape
Vanessa and I decided to start with my idea. First we tied the satay sticks with the thread to make a basic structure. Then we put the egg inside before 'locked' it with some sticks. As the results we got a tetrahedron kind of shape.

The egg stays inside
There were some space inside so that the egg could move a little bit but not out of structure. Using scraps of butter paper, we stuffed them inside the structure to act as a cushion for the egg. And the egg is still visible from the outside.

Cushion for the gg

Next, we make a triangle shape for the parachute since there were three sides for us to tie on the structure. However later we change it to a diamond shape (two triangle) to get a much bigger parachute.

Vanessa cutting the shape of parachute

Our final product

Group Jenny and Ariq was the first one to test their structure, without the egg and the parachute. Well, it didn't go so well because the structure landed on its side instead of the base. Other than the ground, there is also wind factor we need to consider about.
Next Jim and Han Chee tried their completed egg structure. They were the first group to test out the experiment.
"So long, baby"

And it turned out to be succesful. Everybody cheered! =)
'Ji dan mei you po', (鸡蛋没有破)said Mr Fawaz, happily.

Here are some of the groups' models:

Jim and Han Chee's structure

Jenny and Ariq's. Looks almost like the above.

Ujang and Sheril's cube shaped box. Vanessa's idea at the beginning.
Azizan and Chika's egg basket??

Bee Li didn't want to show hers =(

Next it was Vanessa and my turn to test our structure. She released it go from the fourth floor at our studio block.
And I waited below.







It took about 7 seconds for the structure to land.

Haha. Egg didn't break!! We made it!!

Then some other group tried with their models.

Some passed, some of the egg cracks abit, some were totally broken.

"Telur pecah! Boleh goreng", said Mr. Fawaz.

And one group's model landed on the first floor. However on the second try, they succeed.

We did have some fun during this day. Throughout is whole activity there were some things that we learned about constructing a stable, safer and economic structure for the egg person to stay in. Besides, we have to write a report on what we have done today.
As today is just a warm up and testing day for us, we will have to do it once again on Friday. It will be real on that day.
Can't wait until then.

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