Engage your students with this week-long STEM challenge.
You have always been fascinated by extreme sports which has led to the opening of
your new Skydiving business on the edge of town. As the owner of the business want
to ensure you purchase the safest and most accurate parachutes on the market. There
are so many choices to make when considering which parachutes to purchase. Should
you buy round ones, rectangular ones, large ones, small ones, plastic ones, fabric
ones? The choices are endless. You decide to create a little challenge to help make
your decision easier. The goal of this challenge is to create a parachute that slows the
parachute down the most, but is also the most accurate. You will need to run many
trials to ensure your data is solid before making a final choice. As an entrepreneur, you
have invested a lot of your own money into this business and don't want to make the
wrong decision. That said, you also need to remain under budget during your testing.
One tragic accident could be the end of your business forever. The safety of others is
dependent on you. Good luck.
• The 21st-century problem includes a video challenge which outlines the activity in a fun and easy to understand way.
• The slideshow presentation (PPT and Keynote) allows the teacher to facilitate the pacing throughout the project.
• The teacher lesson plans include TEKS and NGSS standards alignment, and step-by-step directions on what the teacher and students should be doing along the way.
• The student notebook will guide the student through the activity. The questions will challenge students to learn new information, reflect on learned information, and provide the students a framework for the entire project.
• Each lesson is written using the Launch process. Students are going to be brainstorming with their peers and reflecting on failures and opportunities. At the end of each project, we’ve asked the students to share their ideas with the world. This holds students accountable. They will put forth the best effort knowing other students could critique the project.
What Supplies Do I Need?
Each product contains a list of suggested supplies for the project. We were very cautious about choosing inexpensive items. This project has a suggested supply list that includes: String, Tape, Scissors, Plastic garbage bags (two different thicknesses), Fabric (two different thicknesses), Paper, Hole punch
The supply list is dynamic and can be adjusted to your situation.
NGSS and TEKS Standards
Aside from the engineering components of this project, students will be learning about precision and accuracy, maintaining a budget, describing the change in position and speed when acted on by an unbalanced force.
NGSS: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4, MS-PS2-2, 3-PS2-1, MS-PS2-2
Other STEM Challenges
Project: Rocket Launch - Create Rocket That is Ready for Launch
Project: Birdman - Design a Bird Beak for a Feeding Frenzy
Project: Electric - Design a System to Harness Wave Energy
Project: Hurricane Defender - Build a Hurricane Proof House
Project: Inhabit Mars - Build a Landing Device for Mars
Project: Lunar Base - Design a Lunar Colony
Project: Move - Design a Pulley System To Move a Heavy Load
Project: Save the Oceans - Design a Device to Clean the Oceans
Project: Skydive - Design a Parachute For Your New Business
Project: Thrills - Design A Fast and Furious Roller Coaster
Project: Wind and Sky - Create a 21st Century Turbine
Project: Explore Mars - Create a Space Probe for a MARS Mission
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