Reflection: Problem-based Approaches Parachute Challenge - Section 2: Parachute Construction


With this lesson the students are allowed to build whatever they can imagine in order to satisfy the requirement of returning a egg safely to the ground. I feel that true engineering skills are developed when students have the freedom to build and not forced to follow strict building instructions. However I do believe that restrictions are a necessary part of the engineering design process. I tell my students that engineers need to stick to a budget, work with available materials, plan their building process, make improvements, and explain their design to others.

A lot of the engineering challenges I have with my students involve air planes and rockets. Parachutes are not always as exciting as these, but I tell my students that if they were to design an air plane or rockets that would need to include some sort of devise to slow their craft down in the event of a failure or crash. This is especially true if their craft is designed to carry passengers.

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Parachute Challenge

Unit 12: Engineering and Design
Lesson 8 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to design and build a parachute of their own design that will safely land a raw egg from a height of approximately 25 feet.

Big Idea: Research and design of parachutes are utilized to drop an egg from a second story roof.

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