Which Parachute

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In this activity, learners will engineer three different parachutes to test how well each one works. This activity includes step-by-step instructions with pictures and a "What's Happening?" section explaining how the activity worked. This activity requires a drop from a higher place, please be safe when choosing your working space.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Plastic Grocery Bag
  • Paper
  • Cloth
  • Hole Puncher
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Small Toy
  • Timer or Stopwatch


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Technology
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process

Informal Categories

  • Model Building
  • Nature and Environment


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