Challenge: Eggsperimenting with Responsibility


Photo showing an egg wearing a hat and with painted eyes, nose and mouth

Responsibility is a life skill that is often presumed as teenagers grow up. We trust they will bring their books to school, take care of their belongings, and leave school ready for the real world.

We recently undertook a responsibility challenge with a group of 15/16-year-olds where each student was given an egg to care for for 4 days alongside a challenge journal they had to complete.

Big Idea: Responsible decision-making and creative collaboration.

Essential Question: Can one egg make a difference in how these students make decisions?

Challenge: Keep the egg safe for four days and complete a range of creative activities.

Guiding Questions:

  • Is the student prepared for the responsibility? No student will be given an egg without an egg carrier to bring it between classes and a bed to put it to sleep at the end of the school day.
  • How does this responsibility influence your school day? Who cares for the egg at break times?
  • How might collaboration help with this responsibility?

Guiding Activities and Resources:

  • Create an egg carrier and egg bed before the first class on Monday.
  • Download the egg challenge journal and familiarize yourself with the daily activities.

Egg Challenge Journal Resource:

The Egg Challenge Journal Resource is designed to be used over four days but can be edited to suit a class schedule. In this pilot, the eggs were received first class on Monday and returned to the classroom at the end of each day. They did not go home. By the last class on Thursday, the egg journals were submitted, and the eggs lived happily ever after...

The Egg Challenge journal integrates concepts from Everyone Can Create, requiring students to take photos of their eggs each day, create a lullaby for their egg in GarageBand, and a reflection video in iMovie or Clips.


Screenshot of the contact sheet from the Egg Challenge Journal showing the creative challenges

In this pilot, not all eggs made it to Thursday. As teachers the unexpected outcome was how attached students got to their eggs. Every day the eggs received surprise new outfits or accessories as did their carriers and beds. Many students didn't want to part with their eggs by the end of the challenge.

Some, like poor 'Benedict' didn't make it to first class, but every student had positive reflections and enjoyed the challenge.


Students using the iPad  to take a photo of their eggs for the challenge
Students using the iPad to take a photo of their eggs for the challenge


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Posted on February 20, 2024

Wonderful CBL experiment in responsibility Miriam. At our high schools the psychology class students carry around flour sack babies for a week, I think to understand somewhat the responsibility of parenthood. The flour babies could also be wrapped in an CBL activity. Your guiding questions would fit right in. Thanks for the share and interesting approach to learning about care taking.

Posted on March 12, 2024

This is egg-cellent Miriam (teehee). I think this would tie in nicely with some of our RSHP/HWB outcomes. I'm egg-cited to hatch a plan to share your wonderful challenge with my colleagues. I better crack on.

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