Pigs flew, SpongeBob took a dive, flowers spun to the ground and lots of eggs were smashed Thursday in Sisson’s gymnasium as part of the school’s annual Egg Drop contest.

Pigs flew, SpongeBob took a dive, flowers spun to the ground and lots of eggs were smashed Thursday in Sisson’s gymnasium as part of the school’s annual Egg Drop contest.

Five students who built a contraption that allowed an egg to be safely dropped to the gym floor in style will compete at the College of the Siskiyou’s Eighth Grade Inspiration Day next Thursday.

Every eighth grade student participated, said teacher Eric Fleischman. First place was taken by Jenna Ure with her contraption “Flower Power.” Second place went to Conner Shea, third to Hannah Pardee for “Flower Baby,” and fourth was awarded to Nicole Ericson for “Egg Drop.” Fifth place was a tie between Logan Ramshaw for “Angry Bird,” Gavin Miller for “Duct Tape” and Christian Berg for “Thingamajigger.”

The device had to be less than one pound, Fleischman explained.  The students got points according to a rubric. A total of 30 points could be awarded for features including imagination and originality, workmanship and intricacy, flight and landing, and the condition of the egg after the drop. Bonus points were awarded for landing in the target area, Fleischman said.

Once the device hits the ground, the students have only 30 seconds to retrieve their egg, making design an important consideration.

The finalists will compete against other eighth graders from Siskiyou County schools for the Golden Frying Pan Award, said Fleischman.