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ERIC Number: EJ1049339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-2158-0502
Making a Kite: The "Very" First Flying Machine
Mitts, Charles
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v73 n3 p8-14 Nov 2013
The kite design activity described in this article is "hands-on" and provides students the opportunity to learn and apply STEM concepts in the process of building and flying a traditional diamond-shaped bowed kite from scratch. Important components of the activity are that students read and follow instructions and lessons about the history of kites as well as understand relevant scientific principles and laws. They learn the technology and aesthetics involved in the design process and engineering concepts during the selection of materials. When students have completed this design activity, they not only have experienced the fun of kiting, they understand how and why a kite flies in a breeze, including the mathematical concepts related to lifting force. This knowledge is transferable to the operation of all fluid foils: sails, fans, wings, propellers, and turbines. The intent of this article is to share this STEM-centered kite design activity with technology and engineering educators who might be interested in incorporating new content into their curriculums.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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