STEAM Lesson “Parachute Drop” Teaches 2nd Graders About Gravity

Posted in: Wilkinsburg School District News

Turner second graders learned about gravity during STEAM class lesson “Parachute Drop.” First, students constructed the parachute itself, measuring the lengths of the chute and the string, and tying the knots themselves. Then, STEAM teacher Russ Bush taught the students about gravity and the rate at which chute falls in feet per second. Students conducted an experiment to demonstrate this with the parachutes they made. They measured the distance dropped and timed how long it took for the parachute to reach the bottom using a stop watch.  They then used division to determine the rate.

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