STEM Quick Challenge Parachutes

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3rd - 5th
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I used this for Kindergarten. There were so many fun activities that can easily be adjusted to lower grade levels.
My students loved this project. We got to take it outside and just have fun trying the parachute from different heights. It was definitely a crowd pleaser.
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Are you ready for an easy prep STEM Challenge with parachutes? Your students will love creating a safe parachute for a toy figure! You will love this simple and easy prep challenge!

This challenge is available in a money-saving bundle!

What is the challenge?

This challenge features the task of using given supplies to create a parachute that will safely land a toy figure on the ground. Specific criteria for the task is given to students along with a box of supplies. Stand back and watch them construct!

BONUS: This challenge now has two versions included! Each has its own section in the resource with teacher's guides, lab sheets, and criteria cards. Here's a perfect idea: Use version 1 early in the school year and later repeat the event using version 2. Will your students remember what they learned after the first experience?

Students record their thinking on lab sheets or a folding graphic organizer- both of which can be used with your Science Interactive Notebooks. Students loved this one and were very interested in seeing how everyone solved this challenge!

Your students will love the freedom of a quick and easy-prep challenge as they get right to work and learn as they go!

The package specifically contains:

  • Cover sheet
  • Teacher Background
  • Version 1 - 2 pages of Teacher Directions
  • Criteria cards for version 1
  • Lab Sheets for each version
  • Folding Graphic Organizer page
  • 3 pages of Photos
  • Version 2 Teacher's Guide
  • Criteria cards for version 2
  • Scoring rubric
  • Terms of Use
  • Here’s the best part – an editable form file is included!

What is your prep?

Supplies needed in addition to this package include:

  • Version 1 -plastic bags or tissue paper, string, clear tape, rubber bands, paper clips, toy figures, and a container for each group’s supplies. Of course, substitutions can be made for any of these!
  • Version 2 - tissue paper, bubble wrap, tape, string, and a toy figure.

NOTE: We used this challenge during the Halloween season with plastic spiders as our cargo. During Easter month we tried it with plastic eggs!

You are going to love this challenge!

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