Solve the Fall 

Introduction  

This classic design challenge examines how to control the fall of an object. In this case, you will be trying to stop a bouncy ball from … that’s right … bouncing! The multiple solutions and variations make this a great activity for all ages. Although this can be a quick activity, as you play with gravity and force, you may find yourself prototyping and testing for an hour or more!

Design Challenge

Drop a bouncy ball from a height of six feet without letting it bounce (your ball and device must remain together in one piece). 

 

Bonus Challenge

What happens after the fall? See if you can get the ball to stay in one place or roll to a specific spot.

Subject

Design Challenge, Engineering

Time

20+ minutes

Key Concepts

Gravity, force, dampening, material properties, prototype

Want a challenge?

JUMP IN!

Wrap an unbreakable household object with paper, cloth or some other soft material. What happens when you drop it on the floor?

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REWARDING & FLEXIBLE

Drop a bouncy ball from a height of six feet without letting it bounce (your ball and device must remain together in one piece).

Want a challenge?

DESIGN CHALLENGES AHEAD!

See if you can get the ball to stay in one place or roll to a specific spot.

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