It Really is Rocket Science Part 2



Students continue to explore the concept of gravity by experimenting with air resistance. Galileo's famous, if only apocryphal, experiment at the Tower of Pisa is reviewed, discussed, and replicated. A parachute provides outdoor learning opportunities, and students culminate this lesson with an egg drop activity.

Lesson Time

100 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture
    • Engineering Design
Grade Levels
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (1)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will experiment to discover the effect of gravity and air resistance on the motion of falling bodies by dropping various objects from a second story balcony.
  • Students will apply Newton's three Laws of Motion by making a parachute and explaining how it works in terms of forces.
  • Students will demonstrate and apply knowledge of gravity and air resistance by making an egg drop device and dropping it from a second story balcony.

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