|Name of Activity||Designing a Parachute|
|Keywords||parachute, string, weight, target, test, materials, air resistance|
|Grade Level||K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9+|
|Time||1 Hour Total|
|Brief Description||Students will select one type of paper for their parachute (i.e. tissue paper, napkin, paper towel, etc.) based on what they think will work best. The students will make a parachute with the paper and string and attach a weight. The students will then test their parachute.|
|Lesson Objectives:||To learn about air flow and materials.|
|Materials Needed:||Tissue paper
1/4 lb Weights (a few batteries tied together would also work)
|Preparation and Set Up:||– Arrange students into groups.
– Distribute materials.
|Extensions:||Take the paper material that worked best and test different sized parachutes.
Make parachutes out of different materials.
Have a competition to see what parachute can land most gently.