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Pre-Opening Activity

Parachutes


They go up under rocket power, but they come down with gravity—that's how many rockets work. But to keep them from crashing and being destroyed, they use parachutes! Have the boys make their own parachutes to test out. Materials include circles of 12inch diameter 3-mil plastic, 8 pieces of 20-inch string, small pieces of duct tape, and a large nut. Tape the pieces of string to the "top" of the parachute. Turn the chute upside down and bring all of the pieces of string together, feed them through the nut, and tie them together. The boys will need to experiment with the best way to fold and toss their chutes to see how they best open when they are used. WARNING: Boys may not want to start the meeting once they begin having fun with their chutes!