Students will design a vessel with a parachute to model protective gear for a skydiver. In teams of four, students will use the engineering design process as a guide to research concepts related to objects falling from a specific height, brainstorm ideas for creating a vessel with a parachute, build, and test their own vessel that will hold an egg. Throughout the module students will discover topics on kinetic energy, potential energy, gravity, velocity, mass, and drag. This kit contains enough materials for 10 groups. Access to curricula materials can be found at http://www.nicerc.org.
Materials in this kit include: rubber bands, paper clips, cardstock, straws, twine, plastic eggs, modeling clay, and garbage bags.
Students are part of a research development team that has been assigned to create a program used to unlock a safe that holds confidential documents. The safe will be programmed to unlock only when certain musical notes are played simultaneously.