Middle School Science / 8th Grade
How can we design a parachute system to safely deliver life-saving supplies to a disaster area?
Students take on roles as engineers with the Research and Training Organization arm of NATO to lead disaster relief missions around the world as they investigate the driving question: How can we design a parachute system to safely deliver life-saving supplies to a disaster area? During their training, students apply the key physics principles of force and energy to design, build, and test an airdrop system prototype for a specific disaster scenario. Students write a Disaster Response Action Plan describing their design and present their parachute airdrop system at a culminating exhibition.
Unit length: 7 weeks (35 hours)
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