Hanna Blumer, 14, leaned over the edge of the second-story banister at Santa Ana College, all her energy focused on a fragile egg nestled in the helicopter-like contraption in her hand.
She let go of the device and held her breath as it dropped to the ground below – and didn’t break.
Blumer visibly relaxed – an uncracked egg is central to scoring points in the rotor egg drop at the Orange County Science Olympiad.
Fifteen schools and about 225 students participated in the Olympiad’s middle school division at Santa Ana College on Friday; at the same time, 25 high schools and about 375 students competed at Golden West College. The tournament tests teams of students on their knowledge of science and engineering in 23 topics including anatomy,…