Engineering Parachutes

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In this activity, learners will become an engineer by designing and engineering a miniature parachute. Learners can create a blueprint for their miniature parachute and craft it using various materials like tissue paper, string, or paper clips. Step-by-step guide includes background information on the engineering design process and extension ideas.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Thin Light Paper (Tissue Paper, Napkins,
  • Construction Paper, or Newspaper work well)
  • Roll of Yarn
  • Washers (or small toy to act as a weight)
  • Scissors
  • Tape


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Model Building
  • Toys


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


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  • Life and Science at Home


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