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Make a Parachute

Make a Parachute | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Have you ever wondered why things thrown up always come down? It's because of a force called gravity, and you can explore it with a parachute!


The hypothesis is that a parachute will slow down the descent of a falling object.

Method & Materials

You will make a parachute out of a plastic bag, thread, scissors, ruler, and cellotape. Then, you will attach a toy to the parachute and throw it up in the air.
You will need a plastic carrier bag, long piece of thread or string, scissors, ruler, cellotape, and a small toy or object.


The experiment showed that the parachute slowed down the descent of the falling object, proving the hypothesis correct. The most interesting observation was that the parachute filled up with air and created a force that resisted the force of gravity.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting and unique because it allows students to explore the force of gravity in a fun and hands-on way.

Also Consider

Experiment variations to consider include changing the size of the parachute, the weight of the object, and the wind speed.

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