High School Kite Class

High School Kite Class

Post by Matt Bucker » Wed, 13 Aug 1997 04:00:00


At the present time, I am teaching an "interest course" on kites,
kiteflying, and a little physics at a Raleigh High School. I am looking
for helpful information and suggestions. Some questions I have are:

1.  What would the cheapest/easiest covering material be to work with?(I
was thinking along the lines of mylar or cellophane?)
2.  Could garbage bags work?  (I'm not looking to make a quad line)
3.  Are there any plans that somebody could post (or addresses where I
could find some) without infringing on any copyright laws?
4.  Anything, anything at all, that you might suggest?

Thanks...

 
 
 

High School Kite Class

Post by LRB4 » Fri, 15 Aug 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>1.  What would the cheapest/easiest covering material be to work with?(I
>was thinking along the lines of mylar or cellophane?)
>2.  Could garbage bags work?  (I'm not looking to make a quad line)
>3.  Are there any plans that somebody could post (or addresses where I
>could find some) without infringing on any copyright laws?

Sure, Mylar works fine.  It can tear easily if there is a split or nick in
it, so you might want to tape the edges with scotch tape.

Garbage bags are good, too.  Also the crisper bags that discount stores
use for merchandise.

I've seen -- but not used -- this book for classroom use.  It looks good,
and came highly recommended.

Belsky, N.A. 1992. Building kites: Flying high with math. Math Projects
Series. Grades 5-8. Dale Seymour Publications, CA. ISBN 0-86651-918-1.

Also, a classic with many good plans and tips is Margaret Gregor's  Kites
for Everyone (1984).  There's also More Kites for Everyone, which I haven't
seen.

Others can point you to internet sites with good plans.  One site that
comes to mind is http://www.kfs.org/kites/zoo/class.html  

Good luck!

Linda Brumleve