Challenge 13

STEAM Challenge 13



For this challenge, you will design and build a parachute! The parachute should be able to fall to the ground as slow as possible while carrying a small load. What materials do you have that you could use to build your parachute? Can you make your parachute stay in the air for 5 seconds?



  1. A parachute that can fall at the slowest rate while carrying a small object.
  2. A short video (Max. 2 minutes) explaining how you built the parachute, materials used, how it works, footage of the parachute falling, etc.

Research and Brainstorm

INFO – How does a parachute work?

Design your parachute.

How does a parachute work? What materials can you use? How can you combine/attach materials that will allow the parachute to fall slowly?

SAFETY NOTE: Please ask an adult for help if you are dropping from tall heights. Be careful during your testing!


Build and test your parachute.

What modifications do you need to make as a result of your testing? What worked well? What needs improvement? How long can your parachute stay in the air? What height are you dropping your parachute from? Could you calculate the rate at which your parachute is falling?

Share It

To be eligible for the prizes listed below you need to share your parachute. Create a short (Max 2 min video) Include details like what materials did you use, what problems/issues did you have and how did you resolve or overcome them? How long can your parachute stay in the air? Explain the modifications you made and why you made them.

Upload/share your video to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #FluxSTEAM13 and tag (Flux. on Facebook) and tag @BucksIUSTEAM. On Facebook, please set your post to “public”.


To be eligible for prizes – Post on social media tagging Flux, and FAB LAB (@BucksIUSTEAM) and use the hashtags #FluxSteam13


Tag to show us what you made!


Use the following Student Guide to help students organize their thoughts.



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