Air Resistance Science Experiment

  • We are looking at how the size of a parachute affects the speed it falls at.
  • We discussed:
  • The height it is dropped from
  • The weight of the object
  • The size of the parachute

In groups, we made 3 parachutes of different sizes.  We measured using a ruler on black bin bags and cut them out.  Then we attached the same length of wool to all of them and 3 cubes.

Next we made predictions.  Which parachute has the most/least air resistance?

Then we went to the atrium and tested our parachutes.  We had a lot of fun doing this!

We returned to class and discussed our findings. We worked out the average time for each parachute.

Parents/Carers: Ask your child to tell you about the experiment and our findings.