High into the Sky with Math and Science
Break out from
the winter blahs and cabin fever. Transform your schoolyard into
a launch pad. Experiment with aerodynamics, Newton’s Laws,
and the Bernoulli principle. Then, have your students create geometric
kites and sleek paper airplanes. Measure distances; determine the
best flying designs and why they were successful. Capture your
aeronautical experiences with a digital camera or camcorder and
report the news to other schools, parents, and the community.
Kids * 20 Kites * 20 Minutes
The Big Wind
Kite Factory on the island of Moloka'i in Hawaii provides students
with a list of materials, directions, and illustrations to ensure
success. Photos of variations and children flying kites are also
included. Feedback from teachers offers insight and suggestions
for kite making and flying.
as an Educational Tool
Is Kite flying
really 2000 years old? Find the answer to that question along with
a wealth of information from sample designs and kite names to the
math and science behind kite flying. Professor Kite provides information
about the best flying days, a pre-launch checklist, acrobatic sport
kites, and how to get a variety of kites to fly. Photos of student
creations supply ideas for your own projects. Kites as an Educational
Tool is a great starting point.
This is a complete
lesson on kite flying for all age levels. Science concepts, objectives,
overview, vocabulary, teacher text, preparation, and teaching time
make this a ready to use lesson for students. The how to build
a kite section contains a short video clip of students demonstrating
the process. An assessment rubric is also provided. This is a great
site for the busy teacher.
in the Classroom
rationale for using kites in the classroom illustrates how content
areas are integrated in the kite making process. The technological
impact of kites and suggestions on how kites add value to learning
are included in this extensive resource for teaching kite making
in the classroom.
matter whether you are a beginner or a seasoned paper airplane
pilot; there are plenty of patterns with folding instructions.
Choose from the basic dart to the more complex Falcon or pick an
unusual design like the Blue Angels. Information and a photograph
are provided about each of the representative planes. In addition,
there is a wonderful gallery of paper airplane models.
Things – Amazing Paper Airplanes
to print out, build, and fly. The assortment includes eight planes
from WW II and one modern fighter. The designs are more complex
to build and thus, more suited for older students. A brief history
of paper airplanes, general directions, and building tips are also
Palmer’s Paper Airplanes
Four planes with
illustrated folding instructions are presented. All of the planes
are constructed from a single 8 ½” x 11” sheet
of paper and designed to fly without any cutting, tape, or weights.
This is a nice source for patterns.
Blackburn’s Paper Airplanes
holds the Guinness record for time aloft for paper airplanes. At
his site, he shares information about aerodynamics and patterns
from his viewers. He has also written several books on the subject
that are linked to amazon.com for purchase.
Paper Airplane Contest
Start a Paper
Airplane Contest in your school and prove just how far and how
long your airplanes can fly. It's a fun way to learn about aerodynamics!
Scholastic provides the framework for your project, including a
list of resource books and Websites.
starting point can be found at the Exploratorium. Students can
transform a single sheet of paper into a paper airplane. Then learn
about concepts such as kinetic energy, gravity, and lift. After
this lesson, they will have greater appreciation for the properties
Where to Buy
Kites and Paper Airplanes
Shop at Flying
Toys to find toys and gifts for pilots of all ages! Find a large
selection of airplanes, paper airplanes, balsa gliders, foam gliders,
Frisbees, boomerangs, rockets, helicopters, gifts, aviation project
kits and so much more at Flying Toys.
Fun with Wind
is part of WebAxis Enterprises and has been in business since 1983.
They provide a large selection of brand name kites, spinners, and
banners. Prices range from $3.89 and up.
and stunt kites from this company. Prices range from $3.99 and
Ordering is easy online or offline. The sections, Kites 101 and Resources,
are bonus features of the site with loads of facts.