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A world-record egg drop, in the name of science

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on June 7, 2013 at 8:59 am with No Comments »
June 7, 2013 11:13 am
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Richard Miller wasn’t teaching science when I was young – in fact, there was no science taught back then, only the language of grunting.

Miller now teaches at Key Peninsula Middle School, and last week sent his students into summer break inspired by a project.

On May 31, Miller launched a weather balloon from Lakebay that traveled to a height of at least 40,000 – and perhaps as high as 100,000 feet. Aboard was one egg, as Miller thought he might as well go for a world record.

You see, the previous confirmed record for an egg drop was 700 feet. Ha!

Miller’s balloon shot out of sight, burst when it reached its apex and then fell to earth near Pasco, Wa. The egg was intact, though cracked. Tough egg.

The whole thing, of course, is captured on Youtube. Back in my day, it would have been a cave painting.



“I wanted my students to dream big.”  - Richard Miller, Teacher


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