Egg Cart Project – Define

  • Classify Information:

    • By reading information from articles provided by my teacher, I have come to the conclusion that I would like to use a seatbelt and a crumple zone in my egg car design. These two safety features can help prevent people from dying in a crash/collision.
    • For example, some pieces of information I gathered are:  
      • “A crumple zone is a area of a car that is designed to deform and crumple in a collision.” – Crumple Zones, HowStuffWorks
        • Even though I am looking to project my egg and not the car, the less damage to a car has a less chance of affecting my passenger.
      •  “They reduce the initial force of the crash, and they redistribute the force before it reaches the vehicle’s occupants.” – Crumple Zones, HowStuffWorks 
        • A crumple zone can decrease the amount of force on my passenger during a collision. Therfore, having a crumple zone can save my passengers life. 
      • “Without a seatbelt, you would either slam into the steering wheel at 50 miles per hour or go flying through the windshield at 50 miles per hour.” – Seatbelts, HowStuffWorks 
        • Having a seatbelt or having something that can slow down the amount of force on the egg can help my passenger stay safe during a collision.
      • ” Furthermore, the NHTSA estimates that 7,000 U.S. car accident fatalities would have been avoided if the victims had been wearing belts.” – Seatbelts, HowStuffWorks


  • Reevaluate the Problem: 

    • In this project, I will build an egg car that protects a raw egg in a collision using a seatbelt and a crumple zone. 


  • Consider Alternate Methods:

    • Some of the ideas I have for creating a successful egg car is to:
      •  Create a seatbelt that would protect my egg during the collision. 
      • Have cushion that surrounds the egg so that it doesn’t hit a hard surface during the collision 

Define – Scroller

Type of animation that will work best

A backdrop sprite animation.


 What part should I begin first?

Coding the sprite and the background.


 What part will be most difficult?

I think making the backgrounds move at the same time will be the most difficult.


What parts will I need help with?

I know I will need help with coding the background and making the backdrop into a sprite. So that it moves at the same time.

Egg Cart Project – Discover

Formulate the Problem

  • What is the problem/task you need to solve in this project?
    • The task that needs to be solved is to create a car that protects a raw egg from a collision.
  • What are the most important “knows” about this project?
    • Some of the most important “knows” about this project is to:
      • The car must include at least two real features of a car. 
      • The cars will be put through a crash course
      • The car cannot be longer than 15cm on each side 
      • The car must be designed for an egg. 
  • What are the important “need-to-Knows”?
    • Some of the important “need-to-knows” are:
      • How big is the competition? 
      • Are these cars made individual or group wise?
      • When will we be getting the eggs?


Finding Information

  • What information will you use to solve this project?
    • I will do research articles about what some parts of a car can do to stop it from being as badly damaged when collided with another car. 
    • I will also be taking into consideration what materials I can use to protect my passengers in a collision. 
  • Where will that information come from/what resources will you have?
    • I will search for my information online.


Awareness of Constraints

  • What are the constraints (limitations/requirements) of the egg car? (such as time, design specs, etc)
    • Some of the constraints we have of the egg care are 
      • Resources. We really can’t go out and buy an engine and start building a motor for this project. We have to use things that we already have to build this car.
      • The egg can’t control the car. The car controls itself by forces. We apply the forces.