First week of design school - Egg drop

I’ve noticed that most design schools seem to spend the first 1/2 weeks on a team building, bit of fun project - Some I’ve heard of… A few involving eggs e.g. Can you stop an egg from breaking after a drop from a block of flats, how far can you hurl an egg, stop a plate from breaking from a drop with 1 peice of cardboard…

Interested what you did in your first week at design school.

How about 2 weeks of interpretative dancing with a expensive ballerina from Finland…

I hated it.

Different classes had different projects in my school. Egg drop, popsicle bridge that had to span x feet and hold bricks, my class had to all bring in scrap stuff, then we were assigned a random number to pick from the pile of junk and we had to make something from what we got…

Tallest sandcastle.
points awarded for aesthetics from salvaged beach detritus.

Recycled clothing.
We made beer-can underwear.

I designed lingerie and had a go on a knitting machine - as there were four specialist fashion courses at my uni, they wanted us to try them all and then pick.

There was a choice of fashion, knitwear, contour (that’s initmate apparel) and footwear. Quiote a few students ended up doing a degree that they hadn’t intended to do. I stuck to my guns and did shoes.

I don’t think teambuilding had been invented when I was a student!

I did the egg drop as well. Actually looking back it wasn’t a bad exercise. But you didn’t really take a lot away from it ether.

But my first couple of weeks in Grad school in Sweden sure beat the first weeks at the Bachelors in New York. Lots and lots of festivities and discussions. I loved it.

same projects, but a balsa wood stick tower with X min height instead of Popsicle sticks. weight was factored into the judging for the overall winner.

Those egg challenges sound well fun! At my school we were put into groups and then had to go out and map our local area. Afterwards we had to come back and work as a team to think of an inventive way to display this information.
Our group ended up making a keyring sized product which was difficult to involve the whole group in… Fail.

Considering ours is a design course, the course isn’t very well designed (that’s just the tip of the iceberg).

Build a bridge made of Spaghettis… had to support the most weight until it breaks. Was forbidden to stick a large amounts of spaghettis together, but had to create a resistant structure by sticking ends… It was quite fun I remember, except the part I almost stick my fingers with it.

I had to make a cardboard plane to fly a cantaloupe. They assigned teams that were half juniors, half sophomores to try and get us to meet each other.

The cantaloupe had to survive its flight by the way, that was very important. Actually ended up being fun, but still feel that it was a wasted couple of weeks.

1969: We had to transport an egg from the center point of one end of the Reflecting Pool west of Purdue’s Stewart Center, to the other end. (long gone and now known as the Memorial Mall)

The crossing had to be made on the surface of the water with extra points awarded for “landing” closest to the center (of the width) of the pool on the far end. It was about two hundred feet long as I recall.

That sounds like challenge!

That sounds like challenge!

It was well before affordable radio-control hobby transmitters were available. All of us ( only 7 in the class ) spent hours messing around which guidance systems ( a little wind vane attached to the rudder, a candle that burned down and then burnt through a string holding a rudder in position, etc.) learning to allow for the breeze that blew out of the northwest at certain times of the day (only to be undone by the contest being scheduled for later in the afternoon, went it was windiest). The winner came within fifteen feet of the center point.

Propulsion systems ranging from a mousetrap powered side-wheeler, sails, and electric motors and propellers. I took the path of greatest resistance and devised a linked “crew” of four oarsmen (their bodies were foam rubber) to row across. “We” got blown off course, and ended up pinned to side of the pool by the breeze, but I did get some points for originality. :neutral_face:

I think the idea behind these exercises is to reinforce the satisfaction one gets from the act of conceptualization, goal setting, persistence in execution, and realization of the end product; and teamwork between designers.

Too much fun…

A chair made entirely of cardboard that could support the weight of our rotund lecturer.

I did the egg drop when I was 9 or 10 y/o in cub scouts. Piece 'o cake. =)
Lmo’s sounds pretty impressive.

We had one where you had to make a ziploc bag of materials into a contraption that jumped at least 2 inches off a table.
Another was to make foamcore machine that involved four different types of motion.
Another involved a nightlight, and making a lamp using only $10 of materials from home depot.

Fun times. I was quite proud of my lamp which had 2 velcroed filter masks for the shade. =)

My students have to make a Rube-Goldberg device with material salvaged from the recycling-point.
The catch is that they must salvage the material first before they get the assignment. Thus they need to learn to work with what they have. The resulst are spectacular (most of the time). I do need to buy myself that new Iphone so I can film the event.

Lots of inspiring and encouraging assignments here :wink:


In my high school physics class I had to make a bridge out of toothpicks, a trebuchet, a small car thing (to roll down the hall).

We could make the trebuchet out of anything we wanted to use. This one guy who did a lot of wielding and fabrication made one that was like 25 feet tall. We had to hurl water melons down the back street. most people did like a block or so, he got four blocks into a city park at the end of the street. He could have killed someone had they been standing in the way. It was cool to watch. The next year there were more restrictions on size and weight.

to bad :wink:

We also have this local tradition: pumpkin shooting: EK Pompoenschieten 2009 Bikschote - YouTube

This would be a great assignment :wink:


1st Year: We were handed three materials: 2 skinny wooden sticks, sewing string, and a needle. The assignment was to make a complex polyhedron that was structurally sound with just those materials, and none of the sticks could be touching. After weeks and weeks the secret trick was figured out and we all had our little complex polyhedrons. Then we had to construct another one 3x the scale as the first with 3 different materials.

2nd Year: Egg drop, go figure!

Had to do that same thing, only to hold ourselves. For the semester in our studio space, we showed up on the first day with all of our stools locked away.