Purpose. To involve each group exploring how they worked as a team and what roles each person assumed - leader, mediator, and so on.
Tell the group that the object is to protect the egg from breaking.
Divide the group into smaller groups of 4-5 people.
Give each group 14 drinking straws, a raw egg and about 1 metre of masking or parcel tape.
Set a time limit of 25 minutes to complete the task
When the time is up, place a bin liner on the floor and ask each group in turn to drop their egg from various heights (start from knee and progress to shoulder height, to standing on a chair, etc).
The winner is the egg that is dropped from the highest point and survives. (A good design is straws built into a triangular structure with the egg suspended by tape in the middle).
Contributing agency/originator: Southern Educational Library Board Community Relations Resource Pack.