Students save their eggs from cracking
December 13, 2007 6:20 PM
Last week, SF State students demonstrated what would happen if eggs could fly. The idea was for students to come up with creative ways to throw an egg off a tower and have it land safely on a mat a couple dozen feet below them.
Red Bull’s Gravity Challenge, which was promoted at two other colleges, made its last stop at SF State on Dec. 5. For the first time at SF State, students put together teams of up to three people to attempt to defy Newton’s Law of Gravity by saving an egg with their wit and imagination. From 12 to 2 p.m., Students gathered around the stage in Malcolm X Plaza to watch their colleagues drop eggs off the ledge.
“They [are] dropping their eggs in their contraction creations from 26 feet of terror,” said Mikal Gordon, production manager for Red Bull and a recreation and commercial studies major at SF State.
According to Nicolette Amarillas, a junior BECA major at SF State who works for Red Bull, the egg must overcome the 26 foot drop unscathed and in one piece without any cracks or dents. The teams whose eggs touch the ground on landing will receive the maximum six points. If the egg survives but does not fall on the Red Bull mat, only half the points will be awarded, and zero points will be awarded if the egg breaks. The creativity and the idea behind the “egg-landing-machine,” as coined by Redbull, will also be evaluated.
“Our slogan is ‘hopes and dreams’ because that’s pretty much all we have,” said Matthew Lalo, a senior at SF State and a member of Soul Sessions, the first group to drop their egg.
Among some of the egg-landing-machines made by the teams were a box with the Superman logo branded on it filled with popcorn nestling an egg, Pacman with a cone coming out of his mouth, a blow up doll with a hole in her head to hold an egg, and parachutes.
“I think the challenge was a good event, it showed the creativity that students have,” said Sharef Al Najjar, a junior at SF State.
Gabriel Dela Cruz, student brand manager for Red Bull and a senior recreation and leisure studies major at SF State was promoting the challenge for a month and had a turnout of eight teams signing up for the challenge. The first place winner received a skydiving trip, second place received Warrior tickets, and third place received a day of go-carting.
Team Already Killin’ ‘Em or A.K.E. dropped their egg onto the mat with a Pacman egg-landing-machine and was the winner of the challenge, with 12 points. Allen Miller, Erica Clayton, and Kiara Brown, all freshmen at SF State, said they weren’t expecting to win because they made their contraction the night before at 11 p.m.
“I don’t know if I’m going skydiving though,” Miller said. “The only place I fly is in the air and on the courts.”
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