Flying paper pumpkins

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Cheers could be heard across the field at Westhampton Beach Elementary School as third-graders participated in the school’s inaugural Great Pumpkin Parachute Plunge on the sunny afternoon of Nov. 1. 

Leading up to the event, STEM lab teacher Amy Nelson challenged students to construct a 3D pumpkin out of paper and attach it to a parachute that they would design and build. The goal was to create the contraption that would have the slowest rate of descent when dropped from the school’s roof. The project tied into the students’ science lesson on gravity and air resistance.   

Working in groups, the students constructed their projects using a variety of materials, including yarn, tin foil and paper. The winning team, made up of Michael Casciole, Jacob Martin and Emely Ortiz, fashioned their parachute out of two large pieces of paper taped together and affixed to their pumpkin with string.