Now that it is officially summer, it’s time to play outdoors! Where else to play outside but the playground where hopefully you can find some slides to go down. Have you ever noticed if all the slides were the same or made of different material? Have you ever wondered why one day you went down the slide really fast, but the next day you might have gone really slow? How can this be?
This month’s challenge will hopefully help you find out, and maybe even let you know a way to zoom down the slides faster. Your challenge is to find out which material works best to slide down the slides at the playground. Remember, each slide could be different and have a different solution. So make sure to conduct the challenge on each slide!
You can approach this challenge in two different ways, but always make sure both ways are approached in a safe manner. One way to conduct this challenge is to create your own mat to sit on to go down the slide using different materials. Another way could be to change the types of clothes you’re wearing on your legs. To find out how to get down the slide fastest, have a partner time you at the beginning of your descent and stop the time when your feet touch the ground at the bottom of the slide. Good luck!
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