In this lesson, students solve geometry problems and learn background physics concepts as they build a working model of Leonardo Da Vinci’s parachute. Logic, critical thinking, a bit of Renaissance history, writing and supporting conclusions with details from a source—it’s all here too!
Make this extended lesson a cross-curricular, standards-based mini-unit, or just make it a cool building activity. Pick and choose the level of commitment right for you and your students. With the suggested extensions to the lessons, this mini-unit can go from hours to weeks. It’s all up to you!
All the conceptual background is included along with student activity sheets, response forms, and detailed instructions. The materials are low cost and easy to find or are commonly found around the house or the classroom.
If this activity looks good, perhaps you would be interested in the entire unit instead? STEM: Renaissance Style available on Teachers Pay Teachers from the Portable Gifted and Talented store.