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The guiding questions in this activity are,“How does a parachute work and what design will make the parachute slow down the most?” The goal of this activity is to encourage creative thinking and engage students in the engineering cycle. Give students a variety of materials for both the parachute and weights so they can use the engineering cycle steps to design and then improve on their design. Students will also learn about gravity and air resistance. Before beginning this activity, we recommend you read Chapters 9 and 11 which are in this book selection. Chapter 9 is an overview of the section and introduces the format used to present ideas for Family Science Night activities. Chapter 11 features activities that we believe to be at an intermediate level. A materials list, references, safety notes, standards, and teacher background information are provided. This book selection also includes the Table of Contents, Preface, Acknowledgments, About the Authors, Introduction, and Index.
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