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Parachute Engineering

Our 4th and 5th graders continued their learning about the engineering design process, and using the engineering design steps to meet the following challenge: “Design a parachute to be packed in a spacecraft and used in an atmosphere that is thinner than Earth’s.” They tested variables involving suspension line length, canopy size, and canopy material, and how it all worked with creating enough drag to meet the constraints and criteria given.

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Designing Parachutes

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During the month of February our students investigating the guiding question-

  • “How do the thickness of an atmosphere and the design of a parachute affect the speed of a falling parachute?”

Students used the engineering design process and worked in collaborative teams to create solutions and solve problems with parachute design.

 

STEM- Designing Parachutes!

Our 4th and 5th graders are learning about the engineering design process, and using the engineering design steps to meet the following challenge: “Design a parachute to be packed in a spacecraft and used in an atmosphere that is thinner than Earth’s.” This STEM unit from the Engineering is Elementary program is new to the intermediate level and was purchased with EYST funds.

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