April 22, 2013 – Students in Dr. Bush’s Principles of Packaging course (SBIO 2104) accepted a potentially messy challenge this semester – use some rather unconventional materials to protect an egg from a 15 foot drop.
Students “won” materials by completing “minute to win it” challenges such as solving a puzzle, moving a cookie from forehead to mouth without hands, or knocking over cans with rubber bands. Challenge winners received first choice of materials such as balloons, straws, paper, toothpicks, string, pipe cleaners, glue, and tape. Using only the materials they won, students designed and constructed packaging for an egg in less than one hour. Some concentrated on cushioning while others attempted to slow the drop to the concrete floor. Several eggs survived thanks to some clever and imaginative work.
The laboratory reinforced concepts related to the role of packaging in mitigating distribution hazards such as shock.