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Room 2 get experimental for Science Week!

posted 14 Nov 2012, 08:32 by web master
The boys of Room 2 got into the spirit of Science Week by making parachutes based on Leonardo da Vinci's parachute design. They had to design a parachute that would stay in the air for as long as possible!

Perhaps the most distinct aspect of da Vinci’s parachute design was that the canopy was triangular rather than rounded, leading many to question whether it would actually have enough air resistance to float. Also, since da Vinci’s parachute was to be made with linen covering a wood frame, the hefty weight of the device also was viewed as an issue.

Like many of da Vinci’s ideas, the invention was never actually built or tested by Leonardo himself. But, in 2000, daredevil Adrian Nichols constructed a prototype based on da Vinci’s design and tested it. Despite skepticism from experts, da Vinci’s design worked as intended and Nichols even noted that it had a smoother ride than the modern parachute.