Students got to enjoy a mini parachute lab During this lab, students created parachutes utilizing modeling clay, string, and plastic drop cloth.
Students already knew the concept of gravity. To expand on their knowledge, students also applied terminal velocity, which is the rate at which acceleration stops and that the force of gravity and the force of air resistance balance.
Students also saw how air resistance benefits people who enjoy parachutes. To apply air resistance, students designed their parachutes to see which parachutes had the slowest time and the best air resistance available.
The labs concluded with a discussion on how parachutes can be better designed as well as what materials, other than plastic, might have made a better parachute during this lab.