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.
Forces, which we might instinctively describe as pushes and pulls, are acting on us at all times, but we cannot always see them. This hands-on lesson offers a fun opportunity to explore "invisible" forces like gravity and air resistance. Students will build parachutes and investigate how they allow skydivers to safely land.
NGSS Performance Expectations:
Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.
Follow along with a Science Buddies parent who is using family STEM activities to keep her kids learning at home during the COVID-19 school shutdown. New posts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Today's adventure... playtime and science time converge when building parachutes for favorite toys.
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Try these clever STEM activities to connect hands-on science and engineering to the ever-popular world of Mario! Let's-a go!
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Explore aerodynamics with science projects related to planes, helicopters, drones, rockets, and more!
Aerodynamics Sciences Projects and Experiments
Students interested in the science of flight or the design of things like planes, rockets, and helicopters, can experiment with science projects like the ones highlighted below. These experiments cover important principles of aerodynamics, aeronautics, and physics, including the four forces that act…