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Jewel of the Solar System: Drop Zone! Design and Test a Probe

Jewel of the Solar System: Drop Zone! Design and Test a Probe


Overview:

In this activity, your youth:
• Build a parachute and probe that can descend and land safely from a high point.
• Creatively use the information learned in previous lessons to perform science and engineering techniques of design, construction and testing.
• Learn the value of experimentation that allows testing, improvement and refinement as a professional part of engineering.

Time/number of sessions: Four 40-minute sessions. (Sessions 3 and 4 may be repeated.)

Activity type: Hands-on construction

Space needed: Classroom or cafeteria for construction; gym or schoolyard for testing

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