Science project

How Do Different Materials Affect Air Resistance?


This project will examine the relationship between materials and air resistance.

Research Questions:

  • Do different types of materials affect air resistance differently?
  • Which types of materials have the greatest affect on air resistance?
  • Air resistance is a crucial factor when designing a parachute. Discover what type of material will work best as a parachute?


  • Large plastic bag
  • Paper
  • Handkerchief
  • String
  • Clay
  • Hole punchr
  • Chair or ladder
  • Timer
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • An assistant

Experimental Procedures:

  1. Cut a square from the plastic bag and a square from the paper that is the same size as the handkerchief.
  2. Cut twelve 6”pieces of string.
  3. Tie one piece of string to each corner of the plastic square.
  4. Tie one piece of string to each corner of the handkerchief.
  5. Punch a hole in each corner of the paper and tie a piece of string through each hole.
  6. Attach a ball of clay to the bottom of the plastic square, paper square and handkerchief. Use the dangling string pieces for the attachment.
  7. Stand on a chair or ladder.
  8. Drop each parachute at the same height from the elevated location.
  9. Have another person record the time from the moment the parachute is release until it hits the ground.
  10. Analyze your data to determine which parachute material dropped the fastest. Which material has more affect on air resistance? Which material would make the best parachute?

Concepts: air resistance

Disclaimer and Safety Precautions provides the Science Fair Project Ideas for informational purposes only. does not make any guarantee or representation regarding the Science Fair Project Ideas and is not responsible or liable for any loss or damage, directly or indirectly, caused by your use of such information. By accessing the Science Fair Project Ideas, you waive and renounce any claims against that arise thereof. In addition, your access to's website and Science Fair Project Ideas is covered by's Privacy Policy and site Terms of Use, which include limitations on's liability.

Warning is hereby given that not all Project Ideas are appropriate for all individuals or in all circumstances. Implementation of any Science Project Idea should be undertaken only in appropriate settings and with appropriate parental or other supervision. Reading and following the safety precautions of all materials used in a project is the sole responsibility of each individual. For further information, consult your state's handbook of Science Safety.

Add to collection

Create new collection

Create new collection

New Collection


New Collection>

0 items