Calling all kids in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades in the Texoma area. We have a design and engineering challenge for you at the Texoma Mini Makers Faire. Are you up to a challenge? You are eligible if you are enrolled in any public, private, parochial, or home school located in the Texoma area.

You may be just the person we are looking for. Maybe you know some smart and adventurous lads and lasses. Maybe you are a parent or teacher who knows some smart kids. Let them know. Share this post. A great many teams will add to the fun and excitement of the Texoma Mini Maker Faire coming in October.

Let’s Describe the Challenge

The Challenge here is to design and build an airbag system that can safely retain and land one raw egg dropped from a height of 2 meters. There will be one performance run of your device using a raw egg. The judges will monitor the launch and landing of your device to determine

  • if the egg remains in the device,
  • the egg can be removed from the device, and
  • the egg is undamaged after landing.
  • The lightness of the device counts significantly also.
We do not want this to happen, do we?

We want to avoid catastrophic destruction of the payload.

The competition also includes a presentation phase that includes a drawing of the device as designed, and an oral and written presentation around engineering notes created during the exercise.

And we have great prizes for the winners!

Three teams will win awards for performance- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
There will also be a Judges Award for the one team recognized for the best display of teamwork, design, and creativity.

Teams are encouraged to practice their building and testing skills.

All teams are encouraged to practice building and testing a prototype before the event, but you cannot use your prototype during the event. No, you must create your device during the competition from materials provided and with the tools provided in a period of 60 minutes.

Maybe you want to dig further into the Details. Or maybe you are ready to enter. Here is a link.

Each team will be provided all the tools and materials needed to complete the engineering challenge.

Each Team will be provided with materials that you can alter.
9” rubber balloons, 10
5 sheets of paper
10 wooden craft sticks
2 – 3 oz paper cups
20 assorted rubber bands
1 meter of string
8 small 3/4” binder clips
.5 meters of masking tape

Each Team will be provided with tools and materials that
cannot be altered.

Two hard boiled eggs (for testing)
1 metric ruler
1 copy of challenge instructions
2 Raw eggs (use during final performance test)
permanent markers
1 pair of scissors
1 pencil
A Team member sign

Let’s take a look at the competition process

Each team will have 4 roles to fill. 2 member teams will obviously double up.

The system engineer will verify that the team designed device has a name, team members have specific roles, and documentation is complete. She or he will work with the rest of the team to develop their presentation for the judges.

The design engineer will lead the overall design and is responsible for including the design drawings in the documentation. She or he will lead the team in developing a strategy to earn maximize points.

The structural engineer will ensure and verify the device follows all requirements.

The launch engineer will load the raw egg in the judging area and drop the device.

Each team will be provided with the same materials to build their safe landing device. Teams will have 1 hour (60 Minutes) to plan, build, and test their device.
Design drawings, notes and documentation will be completed also. At the end of 1 hour, time will be called and construction will stop.

Each team will be called to each of two judging areas
In judging Area 1 Each team will meet the presentation judges. Each team system engineer will submit the team’s project documentation forms which must be completed during the 1 hour time frame.

Judging area 2 is the performance arena. The team structural engineer will ensure that the team’s device follows all requirements.  The launch engineer will drop the device, one time, from the height of 1 meter.  The device will be judged accordingly.

Details on Scoring the Event

A glimpse at the scoring system.

Here is a glimpse of the scoring criteria. Click for a bigger image.

Further details of the scoring are inside the entry form.

We want to  introduce our teams to your adoring public.

Therefore there are restrictions rights and release require to participate.
we will need each participant to allow the use of their name and photograph and biography for bragging about each of our team members to the rest of the world. The details are in the application form.


This blog post is a chitty chatty version of the official documentation. If there are any discrepancies between what is represented here and the official entry form, you know that this blogger is full of hot air, i.e. wrong.

Please share the news!

So who knows some bright 3rd 4th or 5th graders who would be great candidates for this challenge? Who knows some teachers, babysitters, or big sisters, big brothers or baby brothers, who know a potential candidate?

We want Texoma’s best and brightest. We want everyone to have a chance. That is only fair.

Thanks. 🙂
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

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