Still time to Register for COTC High School Egg Drop Competition

NEWARK, Ohio, March 11, 2019 – Area high school students still have time to register for Central Ohio Technical College's (COTC) High School Egg Drop Competition Destination for Innovation event. The 7th annual event will be held on Friday, April 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the COTC Newark campus. The competition is hosted by COTC's engineering technology department. 

First-place winners receive a $1,000 COTC scholarship (junior and seniors only) along with a Sonosphere Bluetooth speaker and a trophy. Second-place winners receive a Switchback headphone speaker and a trophy; third place winners receive a COTC swag bag and a trophy.The event is open to all high school students, who will compete as individuals or a team to design a device that will protect an egg from breaking when it is dropped from a height of approximately 22 feet. Entrants compete to design the device with the lightest weight, the fewest number of parts and the most accurate fall to the drop zone target. To register online, read official competition rules and frequently asked questions please visit Additional questions can be addressed to

While on campus, entrants can explore STEM careers and education through hands-on activities, interactive demonstrations and STEM entertainment.

Destination for Innovation exhibitors include:

  • ­­­­Math Connect! Connecting Math from past to present with technology and games – COTC Assistant Professor of Mathematics Emily Dennett
  • Toothpick Bridge Smash – COTC Engineering Program
  • Licking County Soil & Water
  • Licking County Recycling
  • The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology
  • Beyond Space – Ohio State Newark Associate Professor Michael Stamatikos, Ph.D.
  • Form5 Prosthetics Inc. – Ohio State Newark student Aaron Westbrook
  • And more…

Community members are invited to view the morning egg drops beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the John Gilbert Reese Center. An awards presentation ceremony will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. in the Adena Hall Recreation Center.

In 2018, more than 400 central Ohio high school students representing 32 high schools participated in COTC's Egg Drop. The competition encourages ingenuity and innovation in high school students who have an interest in engineering, but it is also open to those students who plan on pursuing education outside of engineering after high school.

Sponsors for this year's event include: MPW Industrial Services; Newark Army Recruiting Office; Trillium Farms; UMD Automated Systems; MS Consultants, Inc.; Screen Machine Industries and Weekley Electric, LLC.

Four of COTC's engineering technology programs are internationally accredited by the ABET. To learn more about the degrees and certificates available in engineering technology, visit

COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.

Caption: COTC High School Egg Drop Competition 2018.