Walnut Street students worked in teams to design parachutes with enough drag to prevent an uncooked piece of spaghetti from breaking when it landed. The students used the engineering design process to determine the ideal canopy materials and size, the suspension length, and the load. The classes came together to launch their parachutes. They recorded their observations, and one parachute in each grade level was chosen to compete for the best overall parachute design based on the amount of drag that it exhibited. Each parachute was launched, and the winning design took 12 seconds to reach the ground.