At first, I was thinking about making a glider or something for the egg to soar down in, but Jacob suggested we make a parachute. With 2-feet of plastic cling wrap, a foot of tape, two popsicle sticks, and five tissues, we came up with this design:
We used the popsicle sticks to keep the cling wrap parachute open, and made a cradle out of the five tissues to nest the egg and soften the blow when it landed. We tested from the 8-foot drop, and much to everyone's surprise, it worked!
(Ignore my yelling at the end. I was very excited.)
But we had to take it a step forward. We then went and gathered some of our professors and tested it from the third floor stairwell onto a concrete floor.
It somewhat worked. We were surprised that it made it all the way down, but about a foot up from the floor, the egg hit the wall. I think had it not hit the wall, it may have stayed in tact; the egg cracked but it did not catastrophically break!
This was actually the first egg drop competition I ever did. It was a lot of fun! And for those of you who live in the North Florida area and want to register your daughter or refer a friend to Expanding Your Horizons, you can! The website with all the info and registration is here: Expanding Your Horizons North Florida.