Star Fleet to Mission Control: Egg Incoming!

At STARBASE Battle Creek, located on the Air National Guard Base, the four-girl team of Page Elementary fifth-graders knew the landing was a one-shot event. Survival with bruises, bumps and cracks was okay, but oozing any kind of liquid -- not so much.

The girls -- Raini Braska, Emma Gibson, Lydia Schilthroat and Kateri Webster -- formed the team known as Alpha, the first code word in the international phonetic alphabet. Team Alpha swaddled a raw egg in fluffy cotton balls, wrapped with a coffee filter and secured with a wisp of masking tape.

Once the egg-passenger was nestled into the toy-size wooden space shuttle, the pilot Emma Gibson handed it to STARBASE instructor Bruce Medaugh, who was standing on a ladder to mount the shuttle on the zipline. Team Alpha crowded around the landing strip, with Emma standing next to certified Michigan teacher Amy Wright.

"We're going to count down from three," Wright called out. "Ready? Three, two, one, launch!"

As the egg careened toward Eggbert's Crash Landing, teacher Curt Wissink's fifth-graders eagerly watched the action with a palpable but unspoken ebullience. The shuttle's crash boomed out a loud wallop that elicited cheers. "Oh! It hits pretty hard," observed Raini.

Wright removed the egg from the restraint, warning the students that an oozing egg "died" on impact.

"This is looking promising," Wright said as she cut through the protective padding. "Okay, this egg has a sad face but it looks like a survivor. Not a dent, crack or anything on this egg. Good job, ladies."


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Posted February 2018