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CYBERBEE: Flying High into the Sky with Math and Science

By Linda C. Joseph - Posted Mar 1, 2006
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Escape from the winter blahs and cabin fever. Transform your schoolyard into a launchpad. Experiment with aerodynamics, Newton's laws, and Bernoulli's principle. Then, have your students create geometric kites and sleek paper airplanes. Measure distances; determine the best flying designs; discover why they were successful. Capture your aeronautical experiences with a digital camera or camcorder and report the news to other schools, parents, and communities.


20 Kids * 20 Kites * 20 Minutes

The Big Wind Kite Factory  on the island of Molokai in Hawaii gives students 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.

Kites as an Educational Tool

Is kite-flying really 2,000 years old? Find out this answer along with 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 article is available in its entirety in a variety of formats — Preview, Full Text, Text+Graphics, and Page Image PDF — on a pay-per-view basis, courtesy of ITI's InfoCentral. CLICK HERE.

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