Silly Science Sunday Egg Drop Challenge

Sunday, September 18th, 11 am-4 pm

Egg Drop Challenge Competition

Sponsored by:  OH WOW!®  

Teams are required to purchase their own materials and build their Egg drop

container prior to arrival at the competition.


The objective of this competition is to design and construct a container that will prevent a raw egg from breaking when the container is dropped.  The competition will be judged on whether or not the container can be dropped without breaking the egg from a given height.  The egg may be dropped from a drone at several different heights, from 25 ft, 50ft, or 100 ft, depending on wind speeds on the date of the event.

Judging Criteria

· Height of the last drop; or height from which the eggs did not break.

· Originality, feasibility, and reusability (in the case of a tie in highest drop).

Design Principals

The following principles constrain the design and materials used so that the competition is safe and does not damage OH WOW! Or City of Youngstown property. The judges will not allow a container to be dropped if they deem that it does not follow these principles:

Containers must:

1) Not be dangerous to spectators while falling or after impact

2) Not damage the landing surface

3) Not make a mess that cannot be quickly picked up after impact


The following rules are based on the principles listed above. However, the following rules do not exhaust every possibility and the judges have final discretion regarding what is not allowed within the design principles.  

· Containers must be ready for loading at the site of the competition.  Only the eggs supplied by competition officials on-site may be used.

· The container may be “fixed” between drops, in provided “Workstation”.

· Containers must be designed so that they may be dropped from any position.  They must also be immediately reusable.  And must be able to be attached to the drone using the provided hook.

· Container must entirely fit within a 20 cm × 12 cm × 12 cm cube before and within one (1) minute of drop.  It must hold one egg.

· Container must weigh less than 1.25 lbs.

· The container must hit a 30 ft × 30 ft landing zone on every drop.

· The judges must be able to access the egg for inspection within one (1) minute of landing.

· No parachutes allowed.  This will be strictly enforced.

· Must not break into many small pieces upon impact.

 Age brackets will be as follows:

· 5-8 yrs. old

· 9-12 yrs. old

· 13 and above

Must not contain:

‐liquid or gel

‐Food products

-Parachutes or wings of any kind

-Aerosol canned materials (such as silly string or spray insulation)

‐Many small pieces (such as shredded paper)

‐A large quantity of metal (such as a steel frame)

‐Styrofoam in any form.  

*To be absolutely clear, the judges may consider any material with the suffix FOAM to be Styrofoam.  A strict interpretation of this rule will be applied to all containers.  

Material Allowances:

· Wood

· Glue

· Paper products

· Straw

· Rubber

· Rubber bands

· Cardboard

· String

· Plastics

· Bubble wrap

· Tape

· Yarn

· Cups

· Bowls

Science of Brewing – Tickets are available now | Downtown Youngstown Ohio |OH WOW!

Join us for Science of Brewing on August 12, 2022, at OH WOW! 6 PM – 9 PM.

Adults-only beer, wine, and culinary experience fundraiser for OH WOW! STEM Programs.

Tickets are $75 each or $400 for a group of 6

NEW Extended Hours of Operation

OH WOW! is now open Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 9 am-3 pm. We will no longer be closing mid-day. With these new hours, we have added an additional eight hours of exploration per week. Feel free to join us at any time during the open hours and stay as long as you wish. Your admission is good for the day. You can join us for a bit, go have lunch and come back for even more WOWtastic fun!

Celebrate 11 Years of WOW!


Enter for an opportunity to win one of three WOWtastic prizes as part of OH WOW!®’s Spring Raffle. Raffle Ticket: $25 each, 5 for $50, 10 for $75 or 20 of $100.  

  • The Kid’s Basket is packed with a FREE OH WOW! Party-on-Party (Valued at $250) a free OH WOW! Membership for four people (valued at $96) and 20 souvenirs, including two t-shirts, a water bottle, and a bungee rocket. This basket is valued at $439.
  • The Date Night Basket is the perfect gift for you and your sweetheart. The basket includes 6 bottles of wine, goodies, a $100 Bistro gift card, and OH WOW! gear. This basket is valued at $350.
  • Enter for your chance to win a classic piece of jewelry that can transcend time. Handmade in Bali, this John Hardy classic chain necklace collection is hammered 18kt bonded gold and silver. The necklace is valued at $1500.

Only 1,000 raffle tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis for each item. Raffle tickets are available online at or in person at OH WOW!®.  The raffle will close on Saturday, May 14, 2022. -Winner will be selected on May 21, 2022, and notified by email or phone. For more info, please visit The Spring Raffle is a fundraiser held by OH WOW!®, 15 Central Square, Youngstown, OH 44503 to support EDUtaining programming.

Ben Franklin Project

In-person – OH WOW! 15 Central Square, Youngstown, Ohio 44503 

Learn to Build and Fly a Kite! Connecting Kites to Ben Franklin’s Lightning Rod

Saturday, March 26th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

***Must register separately for each event and each person attending, including adults.

Join PBS Western Reserve and OH WOW! (15 Central Square, Youngstown, Ohio 44503) as we build kites, hear from scientists and more as we focus on Ben Franklin, the scientist and inventor. This family event showcases Franklin’s observations and experiments about electrical properties of lightning that led to the lightning rod and scientific terms such as positive and negative charges and even the electrical battery. Ben Franklin is the subject of an upcoming Ken Burns documentary airing on April 4th on PBS Western Reserve.


Learn to Make and Fly Paper Airplanes! Connecting Kites to Air Travel

and Saturday, April 2nd, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

***Must register separately for each event and each person attending, including adults

Join PBS Western Reserve and OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology. (15 Central Square, Youngstown, Ohio 44503) as we learn to make and fly paper airplanes, hear from inventors and more as we focus on Ben Franklin, the scientist and inventor. This family event looks at connecting flying kites to air travel. Ben Franklin is the subject of an upcoming Ken Burns documentary airing on April 4th on PBS Western Reserve.

Funding Credit

Corporate funding for BENJAMIN FRANKLIN was provided by Bank of America. Major funding was provided by David M. Rubenstein. Major funding was also provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and by The Better Angels Society and its members Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine; University of Pennsylvania; Gilchrist and Amy Berg; Perry and Donna Golkin; Kissick Family Foundation; Deborah and Jon Dawson; Diane and Hal Brierley; McCloskey Family Charitable Trust; Cappy and Janie McGarr; Lavender Butterfly Fund; and Susan and Charles Shanor Charitable Trust.

OH WOW! Closed Today

For Immediate Release

February 19, 2022

Contact: Colleen Ruby,

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OH WOW! is announcing that due to issues beyond our control we will be closed this weekend.  The historic McCrory building is dealing with a heat outage and will be unable to open to the public today or tomorrow.  Continue to check our social media accounts and website for updates.

Colleen Ruby

Director of Visitor Services

Join the WOW! Pal Crew


During your visit, you will notice new procedures including our suggestion for you to reserve your entry tickets prior to your visit, modified hours, and additional cleaning protocols to help ensure the safety of our guests and staff.

We encourage you to read through our FAQs so you and your family know what you’ll experience upon arrival.

STEM SAKs available for classrooms and afterschool programs.

A STEM SAK (Science Activity Kit) is an “OH WOW!TM Moment” to-go that uses recycled, up-cycled, refurbished and new materials. Each STEM SAK will contain a new challenging design and build project, complete with all the materials and instructions for hours of hands-on EDUtainment fun and learning. What will you build?

Also available in Bundles containing 4 unique STEM SAKs.