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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • It’s no ‘yoke’: Library provides ‘egg-cellent’ learning opportunity

  • A dozen youngsters “egg-cited” about learning showed up Thursday afternoon at the Hannibal Free Public Library, where Claire Ewersmann, assistant library director, was prepared to allow them to conduct a scientific “egg-speriment.”
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  • A dozen youngsters “egg-cited” about learning showed up Thursday afternoon at the Hannibal Free Public Library, where Claire Ewersmann, assistant library director, was prepared to allow them to conduct a scientific “egg-speriment.”
    “We’re doing an egg drop,” she said. “The kids are going to be working in groups of two. They’ll have an egg they need to wrap, using the materials we provide, to try to protect it so that when we drop the egg off the library roof, which is about 2 ½ stories from the street, the egg will hopefully be in one piece after hitting the ground.
    “It’s learning a little bit about gravity, learning a little bit about how to protect something that’s fragile so it doesn’t break. There’s going to be some critical thinking involved and it should also be a whole lot of fun.”
    Luke Boyd, 13, was confident he’d have a good time. He was far less confident about the egg’s well-being.
    “I’m hoping to have fun and I’m expecting it to break,” he said. “I’m expecting a mess.”
    Logan Shinn, 10, was also looking forward to the experiment.
    “I think it’s going to be fun because you get to see an egg fall and see if it will make it or break it,” he said.
    It was the first time the library had hosted an egg drop.
    “The theme for the summer is ‘Fizz, Boom, Read’ and it’s supposed to be getting kids excited about science and learning about science,” said Ewersmann, noting that funding for Thursday’s event came from a grant secured through the Library Services and Technology Act. “We were thinking about things we could do that were fun science experiments. I remember I did this in high school. We got to drop eggs off of one of the parking garages on Mizzou’s campus. I thought it would be really cool since our library is almost the perfect size for it and it would be a really fun thing to do, flinging eggs off the library roof and learning something while you’re doing it.”
    David Boyd, Luke’s father, applauded the scientific opportunity.
    “I think it’s real good for the kids to come out and experience life, and really get to experiment with things. It enriches their life instead of just watching video games,” he said. “When I was a kid we actually got out and did things… experimented. I’m glad to see the library and community doing that for the kids.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The youngsters were provided items such as shoeboxes, scrap paper, cups, foam, packing tape and glue.
    “I’m looking for them to get really creative,” said Ewersmann, who set a 30-minute time limit to construct an egg-protection device.
    Since parents could not assist, David Boyd sat in silence and watched.
    “I’ve got a few ideas, but I think their brains are probably better than mine,” he said. “I see a lot of activity going on. It’s fun watching their minds race as they come up with the neat ideas.”
    While he saw lots of creativity, David Boyd still was a bit skeptical as to how many eggs would survive.
    “I think we’ll see a lot of yokes,” he laughed.
    Ewersmann agreed.
    “I hope a few survive,” she said. “When I did this experiment my egg broke, so I don’t have any great words of wisdom for them. But I think we’ve got some smart kids around here. I think we’ll have a couple that make it through to get fried another day.”
    After the construction deadline arrived, Ewersmann took the egg containers to the library’s roof while a group of participants and onlookers totaling approximately 20 gathered in the blocked off street below.
    After all the containers were launched, it was determined that over 50 percent made it through in one piece. “Egg-ceptional” results, according to Ewersmann.
    “Four (eggs) lived out of six,” she said. “I think that’s really impressive and not what I expected at all. We’ve got some smart kids around here.”
     
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