Students Rise to the Challenge

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

The Mission Eggcellence Challenge is a yearly competition to see who can design the best cars.

Months of scrutinizing building plans, product testing, and last minute corrections, all boils down to this one pivotal moment.

"I'm sure we are going to lose," said Cole Cheatham of Neshoba Central. "I just came because my teacher asked me if I wanted to."

Well, that and Cheatham is one of the several hundred talented and gifted students involved in the challenge.

"We hope we have some future engineers here," said Terry Gressett, a TAG teacher at Union.

Using physics principles and some trial and error, 80 different teams comprised of four members each, all built a car that could win a year's worth of bragging rights.

In order to qualify, the car needs to hold an egg and a ping-pong ball, roll down a slope, hit on impact without the egg breaking or the ball escaping the vehicle.

Win or lose, everyone seemed to have an eggcellent time.

The Mission Eggcellence Challenge began back in 2006, created by Mississippi State University.

Students in kindergarten through twelfth grade compete, in four different age divisions. Last year, more than 200 teams took part statewide.


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  • by Terry Location: Union on Oct 23, 2010 at 05:05 AM
    Tomeka, I'm sorry that you have been misinformed. Union's second grade team placed first in their division and first overall!
  • by Terry Location: Union Elementary on Oct 22, 2010 at 06:40 AM
    I was very proud of the effort exhibited by all 80 participating teams. One could tell by the tough competition that a lot of thought, planning, and general knowledge of physics and engineering went into the designs of the vehicles. I am especially proud of Union Elementary's second grade team being declared the overall Grand Champions by winning the final round against the first place winners of all division in grades 2-12. Congratulations also go out to Newton County High School for their second place overall, and Forest Middle School for third place. Everyone performed beyond our expectations! Mrs. Terry Gressett, Union Elementary School SEEK Instructor
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