A Long Way Down: Designing Parachutes

Good Morning Picking Wild Flowers!


Today is “my” Friday as I finish up evaluations and press releases before driving down to Missouri for a beautiful wedding ceremony.

Wow Lots to do before we take off at 1:30 PM! Are you having that kind of summer too!? One where it feels like time is flying??

To Do List:

  1. Finish blog post (A passion of mine) 🙂
  2. Pack!!!!
  3. Go for a quick run- Need to get those steps in before a riding in a car for 5 hours 😉
  4. Laundry
  5. Check cows

But back to the reason that brought you here!

A Long Way Down: Designing Parachutes

This week the kids kept me on my toes! Campers enjoyed the story, “Paulo’s Parachute Mission,” where they learned that engineers design parachutes for spaceships; connecting the art of designing to purposeful invention. Youth had the opportunity to explore their five senses, play with a giant parachute and build group/individual parachutes that we launched from the top of the slide.


Above: Abby and Keaton built a parachute with three different suspension lengths. They were able to design a replicate of their sheets with coffee filters, string, and a bull clip.


Working with our awesome volunteers is one great part of coordinating day camps! Katie encouraged the girls to follow the directions as they created three parachutes with different canopy sizes. It has been rewarding to see the County Council interact with the campers.

13631380_1116177281754869_4636272745583035885_n Hailey tested her parachute before walking down to the park to release and time.


We had a little bit of a weather scare yesterday. The kids really impressed me as they gathered their bags and lined up at the door. They were calm and collected as we headed to the conservation center.

Lets hope the rest of our camps have sunny and cool temperatures but if not I know we have a great group of kids in Washington County that can handle it! 🙂

Good luck with the fair Washington County- Stay tuned for the last two weeks of Day Camps. #CloverU


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