Parachute Lab- calculating speed and acceleration

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7th - 9th
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My students has the BEST TIME with this activity!!!! We loved it! Such a great activity and learning experience.
Very engaging! Great hands on activity to review speed. I also had students graph their information to practice seeing distance vs time.


Students LOVE to build parachutes! In this activity students will build a parachute out of grocery bags. You can provide materials or let them bring in their own and set specific guidelines (lab worksheet is editable). After testing them out students have to calculate the speed and acceleration of their parachute. This activity is a fun way to end your acceleration unit and also tie in the concept of free fall.

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3 pages
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2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Apply scientific and engineering ideas to design, evaluate, and refine a device that minimizes the force on a macroscopic object during a collision. Examples of evaluation and refinement could include determining the success of the device at protecting an object from damage and modifying the design to improve it. Examples of a device could include a football helmet or a parachute. Assessment is limited to qualitative evaluations and/or algebraic manipulations.


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