Y5/6AG parachute experiment

Today in our Science work, Y5/6AG have learned about the force of air resistance. We talked about some real life examples of this force in action, then watched some videos of the Apollo, Soyuz and Space X capsules landing. We watched the effect of the parachute on the speed of the falling capsule, and discussed where air resistance played a part in this. We then designed our own experiment to investigate how the size of the parachute canopy affects the time taken for a capsule (a ball of plasticine) to fall to the ground. The children applied their learning in maths to mark, measure and calculate the area of each canopy using length x width. We can’t wait for the experiment tomorrow afternoon!

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