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Cooper Union Holds Annual "Egg Drop"

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Some college students are trying not to crack under the pressure of competition, but not the way you might think.

The annual Cooper Union Egg Drop was held Tuesday in Manhattan's East Village.

Engineering students use the event to test theories with relation to stability and compression as they drop eggs in homemade containers from a height of 30 feet.

The goal is to develop a container that is lightweight yet sturdy enough to not break its fragile cargo.

"It's kind of a nice way to just enjoy being an engineer, and coming out with practical, weird, funny, and interesting ideas," said Cooper Union Student Kristof Toth.

"I was actually very proud with the guys over here. They actually came up with the design in the last 25 minutes," said Cooper Union Student Wallace Torres.

"What we made was basically made out of garbage materials -- cardboard, plastic bag and some duct tape. And it's pretty cool that we made something that would actually hold under the circumstances," said Cooper Union Student Moshe Hamaui.

The Egg Drop is part of the college's engineering week, which also features a paper plane contest and a tower building competition using marshmallows and macaroni.

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