Third grade students at SRU Elementary School in East Smithfield had a blast Friday during the school's first egg drop event.

Organized by third grade teachers Andy Watkins, Jeff Novak and Susan Saxton, students were encouraged to design carriers for eggs which would prevent them from breaking when dropped from the school's roof. All students received the same supplies to form their creations; a plastic bag, straws, Popsicle sticks, cups, and cotton balls were among the list.

Students were given about two weeks to complete their creations with the help of their parents at home. At the event, many parents were present to see if their hard work payed off in keeping the eggs safe from the concrete below the roof of the school.

And, according to all three of the third grade teachers, the results were rather shocking.

"Personally, I thought every single one of the eggs were going to break on the first drop," Watkins said.

Out of the 61 total entries, after three attempts at breaking the eggs, 11 students were successful in having no cracks or breaks.

The competition progressively got more and more intense, with first Watkins simply dropping the eggs from the roof, then throwing them up in the air and letting them fall to the ground, and then eventually climbing on top of a ladder on the roof and dropping it from a new height. The egg drop lasted a little longer than expected with the high rate of success students had in keeping the eggs safe, Novak said.

The excitement was clear with the students who were involved, as they cheered "safe!" or "splat!" when eggs touched down.

One contraption, created by Vaughn Wagnecz with some help from home, was based on the physics of a hang glider. According to Wagnecz, he spent about two weeks on the project and enjoyed the new experience, even though his egg did eventually splat on the ground.

The idea for the event came from Watkins, who "always wanted to do an egg drop," when teachers were asked to host a spring activity for students in each grade.

The other grades, Watkins said, all hosted events that did not use a school subject as the basis for the activity.

While the event presented a clear lesson in physics to students, "the beauty of it is the students didn't know they were doing a science project," Watkins said.

Aside from the educational value, Saxton said she was pleased with seeing parents and kids working together on the project.

After three drops, the following third grade students had eggs which remained in pristine condition at the end of the event: Delaney Stedge, Amelia Robinson, Mason Molesky, Alistair Horton, Bryley Bonner, Joe Young, Courtnee Coyne, Gavin Bradley, Mitchel Allen, Cheyenne Hildebrandt and Connor Brown.

Tim Zyla can be reached at (570) 265-1634; or e-mail: tzyla@thedailyreview.com.