This lesson focuses on parachute design. Teams of students construct parachutes from everyday materials. They then test their parachutes to determine whether they can transport a metal washer to a target on the ground with the slowest possible rate of descent.
8 – 18
- Design and construct a parachute
- Test and refine their designs
- Communicate their design process and results
Anticipated Learner Outcomes
As a result of this activity, students will have:
- Designed and constructed a parachute
- Tested and refined their designs
- Communicated their design process and results
Students work in teams to design and build parachutes out of everyday items. The parachutes need to be able to transport a payload of one metal washer to a target on the ground with the slowest rate of descent. Student teams review their own designs, the designs of other teams, and present their findings to the class.
- Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
- Student Resource Sheet (attached)
- Student Worksheets (attached)
Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks
Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.