Kilgore students took a science experiment to the skies Wednesday with the help of Kilgore Fire Department and a ladder truck.

Beckey McCormick said students from her fourth grade Gifted and Talented class at Kilgore Intermediate School successfully carried out the project by designing and constructing parachutes and harnesses for eggs, aiming to keep the delicate cargo unbroken after coasting down from the top of KFD’s ladder truck.

“This is the third year to have this project and we hope to continue it each year after,” McCormick said.

“The students learned all about air resistance, drag and friction as they used the scientific method to design their parachute to carry an egg safely to the ground. The local fire department came with their fire truck, extended the ladder and released the parachute high in the air.”

Students cheered as the eggs drifted, some more swiftly than others, onto the field beside Chandler Elementary or directly into the crowd of second and third grade students, who also came out to watch the fun. Students who designed the parachutes ran to recover their eggs and inspect them for damage.

The participating fourth grade students were Merit Chitwood, Aidan Garcia, Antonio Lopez, Deacon Nash, Ingrid Rojas, Ryder Stagner, DeKhyla Turner, Kaelyn Wilson, Easton Henry, Caleb Joseph, Addison Lewis and Keslynn Moss.

The students’ design skills had a high success rate. Of the 12 eggs dropped from about 100 feet in the air, only one broke upon impact.

Students presented KFD firefighters with a gift basket as thanks for their help in the project.

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