Non- formal education method: EGG DROP (EGGSERCISE)
In the previous article I was talking about what it represents for me a great teacher and some things about non-formal education. I also presented a method.
In today’s article I decided to present another method of teaching through non-formal education. It is called Egg Drop or simply Eggsercise. Sounds quite funny,right?
The goals for this method are:
- To identify and study the advantages of cooperation in a group;
- To develop communication when working in a team and to find together the best solution to solve the problem;
- Proving the impact that it has towards the communication process while receiving and accomplishing some tasks;
- Analyzing the importance of the contribution of each member of the group and the accomplishment of the tasks;
- Evaluation of the impact of the communication process.
The groups can be of five people each. Usually, the time allocated is 20 minutes. The materials that are being used are:
- A copy of the rules for each member;
- One egg, one straw and 3 papers for each team;
- Scotch, scissor and a ball of twine.
The activity usually takes place outside so this way each team has enough space to make a circle, to discuss and to work together.
The teacher presents fast the activity and the goals. The students are divided in teams with 5 people and will have the task to create a method that will help them to throw the egg from quite a big height in such a way that the will not break. The teams that will win are the ones that manage to throw the egg in time and not to break it. All the teams will have a copy of the rules. The teams will have around ten minutes to read the rules, to find a method and to accomplish the task. After, they will have five minutes to test if the chosen method worked. After all of this, they will have some time to reflect over the experience of the activity, to describe it, to share their emotions and thoughts and to have some conclusions about it.