End of Summer Activity: Homemade Zip Lines

Race homemade rockets, airplanes, birds, or your own creation on homemade zip lines. Discover how the length and steepness of the line affect how the items move.

 

Race homemade rockets, airplanes, birds, or your own creation on homemade zip lines.

Materials

  • Paper tube
  • Craft supplies (paper, tape, markers, paint, feathers, duct tape, glue, craft sticks, etc.)
  • Fishing line or thread

 

Directions

  1. Create an original “racer” by decorating the paper tube as a car, bird, airplane, rocket, or other item with the craft supplies you have available. Allow to dry thoroughly if necessary.
  2. Race homemade rockets, airplanes, birds, or your own creation on homemade zip lines. Discover how the length and steepness of the line affect how the items move.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

  3. Locate two sturdy objects to which you can secure the fishing line.
  4. Secure the fishing line to one object.
  5. Thread the racer on to the other end of the fishing line.
  6. Secure the fishing line to the other object.
  7. Slide the racer to one end of the fishing line (the side that is higher).
  8. Race homemade rockets, airplanes, birds, or your own creation on homemade zip lines. Discover how the length and steepness of the line affect how the items move.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

  9. Release the racer and watch it zip across the line.
  10. Race homemade rockets, airplanes, birds, or your own creation on homemade zip lines. Discover how the length and steepness of the line affect how the items move.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

  11. Repeat and experiment with different lengths of line and by changing the heights of objects to which it is secured.

 

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