This simple science project is easy to make out of household materials you probably already have on hand. This parachuter project is guaranteed to lead to tons of fun and exploring some basic physics concepts skydivers use every day! Be sure to talk together about the science behind why this experiment works and don’t be afraid to explore. While you’re at it, why not check out these parachute titles from Hoopla: How Do Parachutes Work? and Parachute.
There are two forces at work on something that is falling toward the earth, gravity and air resistance. Gravity pulls things back down toward the Earth while air resistance pushes the opposite direction to slow the object down. When a skydiver is falling, the force of gravity is great. Skydivers can reach speeds of up to 120 miles per hour when falling! When the skydiver opens their parachute, they create more air resistance to push opposite the force of gravity. This helps slow them, down to a safer 14 miles per hour.
Would you be willing to try jumping with a parachute?
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