In the name of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), teachers often have students participate in the “egg drop” experiment. Students attempt to engineer a contraption that can hold an egg and protect it from breaking. Once they’ve made their creation, they must test it by dropping it (along with the egg) from a high distance.
When real eggs are used in this type of project, the cruelty involved in the egg industry is glossed over. In the U.S. alone, more than 300 million hens are exploited for their eggs every year. The vast majority spend their entire lives in intensive confinement—from the moment they hatch until the day they’re killed. They never get to scratch in the grass, feel the sun on their backs, or breathe fresh air. They spend every day and night in a feces-filled warehouse reeking of ammonia—alongside the bodies of many of their dead and dying friends and family members, lying on the floor or inside a filthy cage so small that they can’t even stretch out a single wing.
Nine STEM Activities That Encourage Compassion
Try one of these humane projects instead!
Faux feathers should be used for this activity.
Go a step further with your students—cook up a vegan treat!
If you must do the “egg drop” activity, try creating a replica egg using the video below:
While the “egg-drop” experiment provides only one-dimensional outcomes, the STEM activities offered above can help students practice their critical thinking skills while keeping the planet and kindness to animals in mind.
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