Parachute Pete Action Figure
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- Parachute Pete is a rubber soldier who comes equipt with three pack attachments, which allow him to perform three different means of parachuting to the ground safely. The child can pick from the either the Parachute pack, the Heli-Pack, or the Glider-Pack to assist Pete with his decent to earth. The child only has to clip of one of the packs, set the timer on the pack to a desired time (couple seconds) and throw pete into the air.
- When the timer ends the pack will open and allow the magic to happen. The parachute pack lets out a cloth parachute and pete will fall slowly to the ground. The Heli-Pack will open up and a twin blade assembly will spring up and spin to allow pete to hover to the ground. Finally the Glider pack will open by extending two metal brace and cloth bat wings, which will allow Parachute Pete to glide to the ground safely. The child simply has to reload the pack and reset the timer in order to preform more flights.
- Parachute Pete is based on gravity and loosely on aerodynamics. This toy can be a simple way to introduce concepts like lift, flight and projectile motion. The choice of flight keeps the child engaged while the flight interaction teaches them indirectly about these concepts. A child can learn about more complex flying machines with simple interactions with Pete. They can learn how airplanes glide, how helicopters lift and how parachuting allows for a safer ride for sky diver.
- Pete himself is one complete part of painted or colored rubber, so it is very durrable and safe, as long as it is not thrown at others. The packs contain small parts like metal springs and gears and such, so the recommended age for Parachute Pete is 5+. The packs will most likely be made of commercial grade plastic, and there will be some use of string and cloth for the parachute and glider. The packs should be kept away from small children, but overal the moving parts of Pete are non-dangerous or sharp. Petes production can by completed with a mass mold, but and assembly line production would be needed for the packs.
Carnegie Mellon University
January 26, 2010