November 12, 2022

# Zipline Engineering Lesson – Spring STEM Activity

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## zipline stem project

Help kids figure out how a zipline words and some of its practical applications with this hands-onÂ stem activity for kids.Â This activity for spring or summer activity for kids is a great way to learn by trial and error as well as problem soling. Use thisÂ spring stem activity with preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, grade 6, grade 7, grade 8, and up! Understanding how ziplines work is an interesting topic kids will be excited to learn. So try thisÂ zipline engineering lesson and start learning!

## Zipline Engineering Lesson

This Zipline Engineering Lesson is a fun way for kids to learn about physics. This project, depending on the depth, works for elementary, middle school, and even high school students. Older students should be able o justify their design based in the concepts of force and momentum.

## Spring Activity for Kids

Start by Engineering an initial design. Then, as you’ve tested your concept several times, now let’s work on Identifying and correcting weaknesses.Â  I asked him what the main problem was with his design. He answered friction. I asked how he would like to fix this problem. He said some oil would fix it.

## Summer Activity for Kids

He was pretty happy Â with the result of adding a little vegetable oil to the hanger. Â It flew!If you would like to do a zip line engineering lesson with your child, here is how.

## STEM Activity for Kids

All you need to design your own DIY zipline for this zipline activity are a few simple materials you probably already have on hand:

Materials:
• String
• Scissors
• A rock
• A high and low areaÂ (We used the deck and the soccer goal, but you could just as easily use the top of a cabinet and a chair.)

## Zip Line Engineering

1. Begin by asking our child to build a zip line for the rock. Â This in itself will build some experimental skills.
2. After the zip line has been tested ask what he (or she) thinks is the biggest problem with the design of the zip line.
3. Ask how the problem could be fixed.
4. Let him test his solution.
If this type of project is new to your child, you may need to provide example “problems” a few times before they learn to critique their own work. Feel free to copy our example this time, and ask how to reduce the friction. Â (Friction is the force that opposes motion between to surfaces that are sliding past each other.)

### Ways to extend learning with your zip line engineering project

1. Write a material request list.
2. Draw and label a diagram before building.
3. Draw and label a diagram after building.
4. Write a report about the strengths and weaknesses of this design and suggesting improvements.
5. Calculate the cost of the project.
I hope your children enjoy engineering their zip lines as much as mine did!

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## Spring Science

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## Spring Science Worksheets

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