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Brainstorming session

Although this was the first brainstorming session that we completed as a team, it proved to be a constructive and worthwhile session where we successfully built on each other’s ideas to create our final design. We started out session by identifying all of the materials that were given. These included one paper bag, one garbage bag, one plastic washer, one plastic nut, one roll of electrical tape, three rubber bands, three wooden dowels of equal length, and one paper clip. Although we did not include all of the given materials in our final design, we discussed the possible attributes that each material would give to the final design. The plastic bag, wooden dowels, and the electrical tape were decided to be of the most importance. The initial design ideas included a gliding parachute (either circular or triangular), a kite, a cape, and an upside-down parachute. We decided that we needed to maximize the area of the plastic bag to maximize the amount of air that could be displaced while in free fall. Some questions arose that were quickly answered: do we have to drop it? Yes. Can we throw it in the air? No, it must fall from rest.