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Westwood Students Feel Gravity In Hands-On Learning Activity

Pictured, from left, are Genevieve Losquadro, Jack Callaghan, Robert Larsen, and James Martini.
Pictured, from left, are Genevieve Losquadro, Jack Callaghan, Robert Larsen, and James Martini. Photo Credit: Facebook

PASCACK VALLEY, N.J. -- George School students in Rebecca Duda’s science class learned about gravity and air resistance through a hands-on learning, STEM-like science lab.

Working in groups of four, students selected the materials they wanted to use to create a parachute to support a LEGO man being dropped.

The students worked collaboratively and shared ideas as they designed and then built a parachute they felt would slow down the LEGO man when dropped from roughly a 10-foot height.

The students then tested their parachutes and recorded the time it took for the LEGO man to hit the ground. Using cross-curricular learning, the students calculated the averages of the drop times and then generated a written response reflecting on the activity.

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