One significant detail to note is that Mitch is afraid of heights. To make it more complicated, the day was windy with gusts of wind up to 20 mph. Here are some great pictures of him up there. Being able to do this project really made his day, I think. :)
The packages with parachutes were really cool. One package had two parachutes and got caught in a spin where it hovered and fell slowly to the ground.
Sometimes the eggs didn't make it. The kids cheered as eggs went "splat". LOL. There were some really funny stories. So while the point was to protect the egg, a good show in breaking an egg was also fun. :)
One of Mitch's favorite packages was an egg sandwiched snugly in between two of those air bladders taped together that are used inside packages as fillers. It hit the sidewalk, bounced, then rolled into the grass, all the while keeping the egg safe. A couple of packages that made us chuckle involved a raw egg and normal bed pillows with nothing to protect the pillows from getting egg on them. Those children were confident the egg wasn't going to break! Mitch provided the kids with plastic baggies to put their eggs in "just in case". :)
I wasn't there for the egg drop, but I really enjoyed looking at the pictures. I love that the kids were able to explore and learn--allowed to make mistakes and learn from their mistakes. I felt the joy Mitch expressed as he described the event and each package his students made. He described to me recently the anxiety he feels when he is in the classroom. I know part of that comes from a desire to be doing an excellent job--he feels a significant amount of pressure to help each child in his care succeed. I'm thankful that he pours so much of himself into his students. He is a great teacher!