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Zipline Engineering Lesson – Spring STEM Activity

Making a zip line is a fun engineering task that will help your student apply physics at any level. This spring STEM activity is fun for kids of all ages  from preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten to elementary school kids in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade; even  to middle school and high school students will enjoy the challenge. Not only is this a educational spring activity for kids, but it is loads of fun too!
Making a zip line is a fun engineering task that will help your student apply physics at any level. This spring STEM activity is fun for kids of all ages  from preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten to elementary school kids in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade; even  to middle school and high school students will enjoy the challenge. Not only is this a educational spring activity for kids, but it is loads of fun too!

Spring STEM Activity

Help kids figure out how a zipline words and some of its practical applications with this hands-on stem activity for kids. 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 this 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 this 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.  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  with the result of adding a little vegetable oil to the hanger.  It flew!If you would like to do a zip line engineering lesson with your child, here is how.

Zipline Engineering Lesson

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 area (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.  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.  (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!

These super EASY to make marshmallow shooters are a must for your summer bucket list. This summer activity for kids is not only fun, but it is actually a STEM activity for kids too! Students assemble, tweak, and design this simple marshmallow cannon to try to get the most distance they can. THis is such a simple, but fun summer activities your preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grdae, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will want to try over summer break! DIY Lava Lamp - super easy way to make your own lava lamp with simple things you have around your house. This homemade lava lamp is such a fun science project for kids of all ages to sneak in some summer learning. This science experiment is for toddlers, preschoolers, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and kids of all ages at home, homeschool, summer camps, classroom, etc. Amazing Bubble Artwork for Kids - this is such a fun, simple, colorful and FUN summer activity for kids! This kids activities is not only fun to make but makes a beautiful art project too for your summer bucket list. Perfect for toddler, preschool, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade kids.

Fun Summer Activities

Looking for more outdoor activities for kids and things to do in the summer? Your toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, and elementary age kids will love these fun ideas to keep them busy all summer long:

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About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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