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When his family moves to rural Alcantara, Brazil, so his parents, who are aerospace engineers, can work on a space mission, Paulo is not happy. He misses his best friend Andre, and the last thing he wants to do is make friends with his  new neighbor, Lucas. But then Paulo finds himself working with Lucas to solve an aerospace challenge of their own—designing a parachute that can safely float a large, heavy, and delicious fruit down from a forest tree. Will their mission succeed?

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Students think about what technology is and are introduced to the idea that engineers design technologies.

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What is Technology? / Grade 4 / Worcester, MA

Students think about what technology is and are introduced to the idea that engineers design technologies.

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When his family moves to rural Alcantara, Brazil, so his parents, who are aerospace engineers, can work on a space mission, Paulo is not happy. He misses his best friend Andre, and the last thing he wants to do is make friends with his  new neighbor, Lucas. But then Paulo finds himself working with Lucas to solve an aerospace challenge of their own—designing a parachute that can safely float a large, heavy, and delicious fruit down from a forest tree. Will their mission succeed?

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Parachutes Storybook / Grade 4 / Fall River, MA
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Students use information about the temperature, atmosphere, and surface of a planet to imagine how a spacecraft traveling to that planet might be designed.

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Think Like an Aerospace Engineer / Grade 3 / Stillwater, MN
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Students learn about air resistance and test three isolated variables used in the design of parachutes.

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race / Grade 4 / Fall River, MA
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Students apply their knowledge of air resistance and aerospace engineering as they imagine, plan, create, test, and improve their own parachutes.

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Designing a Parachute (1) / Grade 4 / Fall River, MA
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Designing a Parachute (2) / Grade 4 / Fall River, MA
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