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Parachutists describe the fabric their parachutes are made from - nylon and carbon fibre. This enables them to be strong and light so the parachutists can reach the ground in safety.
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8 October 2007

Classroom Ideas

During a topic on materials, this clip could be used to explore a real-life example of how the properties of a material are linked to its use. Children could be asked to write additional voiceover for the clip which describes the properties of nylon and further describes its suitability for use as a parachute. Alternatively, if children were set a task of designing a gliding or flying toy, this clip could be used as a stimulus to promote discussion about suitable materials.

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