Safe Landing

Watch out below! Future engineers come up with methods to ensure that a ball in a cup stays in the cup even after dropped from a given height. It might be prudent to include some kind of shock absorber in the cup. Parachutes are a good idea, too.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have a contest to see which group's design can be dropped from the greatest height
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should be familiar with the idea of shock absorbers
  • Activity requires various basic materials
Pros

  • Includes guiding questions to help facilitate a class discussion
  • Provides very detailed instructions for the activity
Cons

  • None