Sled Kite

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In this activity, learners build a sled kite that models a type of airfoil called a parawing. Learners keep a journal on the behavior of the kite and test different variables (tail, tail length, speed, height, etc.). This lesson plan includes background information related to the NASA Paraglider Research Vehicle (Paresev), discussion questions, extensions, sled kite template, visual instruction sheet, and sample journal page.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model


Materials List (per student)

  • Sled Kite Template
  • Two drinking straws
  • Cellophane tape
  • Scissors
  • Two 45 cm lengths of string
  • One 1 m length of string
  • Metric ruler
  • Single-hole paper puncher
  • One paper clip
  • Markers, crayons, pencils
  • Selection of paper (crepe, tissue, newspaper)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Probes, Satellites and Spacecraft
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Work and Machines
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Outdoor Activity
  • Model Building
  • Physical Activity
  • Toys
  • Transportation


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Includes assesments for student learning:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • NASA


  • Public domain, ,