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Go Fly a Kite


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Go Fly a Kite

In this hands-on activity, children create their own kites that can fly indoors. Learners are exposed to basic concepts of gravity and air resistance. Children build their own paper kite structures based on a template (see Activity Sheet Link below) and use the design process to test and revise their kites.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Demonstration

Language:
English, Spanish

Materials List (per student)


  • 1 wooden skewer
  • Tail materials
  • Hole punch
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • A 3-foot piece of string

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Aerospace Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
    • States of Matter
      • Gases
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation

Informal Categories


  • Arts and Crafts
  • Model Building
  • Physical Activity
  • Toys

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • WGBH

Source Collection:

  • Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, WGBH Educational Foundation, ©2006

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0452485
  • Public television viewers
  • The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
  • Arby's
  • Greendog

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