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Gravity in Action


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    New York Hall of Science

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Gravity in Action

Explore the effects of gravity on a slowly falling object: a parachute you make out of plastic bags, string and stones. You'll see how small and large parachutes act differently and the same, and how air works against gravity to slow the fall of objects.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • 3 small plastic bags (not zip-lock kind) or 12 inch pieces of plastic cut from a trash bag or grocery bag.
  • Some string ( more than 12 inches)
  • 3 small stones of different sizes.
  • Masking tape

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
      • Acceleration
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Volume and Density

Informal Categories


  • Outdoor Activity
  • Toys

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Source Collection:

  • TryScience

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, TryScience/New York Hall of Science, ©1999

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