Grade Levels: 1-12 | Lesson: 90 minutes, Activity: 30+ minutes

Zipline lesson

Students will use ideas about pushes and pulls (forces) to design a device that can transport cargo along a zipline safely.

Grade Levels: 1-12

Lesson: 90 minutes, Activity: 30+ minutes

Concepts/Skills: Forces, balanced and unbalanced forces, gravity

Objectives: Students will:

  • Identify the need for a process to slow a zipline device.
  • Identify criteria and constraints of the slow-the-device process.
  • Apply ideas about forces to design, test, and revise a slow-the-device process using provided materials.
  • Evaluate the different solutions (processes) based on test results, to determine which of them best solves the problem, given the criteria and the constraints.