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A Long Way Down: Designing Parachutes


by Carissa Leventis-Cox

$10/family (plus materials for each student’s design), maximum 10 students.

We will be using the Museum of Science in Boston’s Engineering is Elementary® (EiE) curriculum for Grades 1 to 5 to foster engineering and technological literacy. Our students will learn problem solving, inquiry and innovation through:

  • a storybook of a child in a different country that introduces an engineering problem (includes a lesson in geography)
  • learning to solve a problem similar to that in the storybook
  • a hands-on engineering design challenge that requires science and math
  • create and improve on their designs.

This Spring, we will start our Engineering class with A Long Way Down: Designing Parachutes. We will be learning science concepts related to aerospace engineering: drag (air resistance) and conditions on other planets. We will be designing our own parachutes to land on a planet with an atmosphere different to that of Earth’s.

We will also be going on a field trip to The Challenger Center to reinforce what we have learned.


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