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Active Time
30-45 minutes
Total Project Time
30-45 minutes
Key Concepts
Gravity, drag, air resistance
A wooden doll with a string harness and a tissue paper parachute

Introduction

Have you ever wondered what a parachute and an open rain jacket have in common? They both trap air and slow you down when you move fast! In this activity, you design a parachute for a miniature action figure. Tissue paper or a plastic bag and a few strings is all it takes to make your figure into an expert skydiver.

Credits

Sabine De Brabandere, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Tissue paper or a plastic bag
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Hole puncher
  • Twine
  • Small non-breakable action figure or miniature doll that may be dropped on the floor. If you do not have an action figure, use a piece of clay, a small wooden block, a measuring spoon, etc.
  • Location to drop your parachute from, e.g. a 2nd floor window, balcony, open staircase.
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Active Time
30-45 minutes
Total Project Time
30-45 minutes
Key Concepts
Gravity, drag, air resistance
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