A Kite Learning Project
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Students at Hutchins like to make and fly kites. We are learning about the history of kites, how kites fly, why people fly kites, and how to fly kites safely. We hope you like our site.
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Have you ever been to a Kite Festival? Let's go to the biggest festival in America and see pictures from the Washington State International Kite Festival
Do you know how long people have been flying kites, or where kites were first flown? Let's find out by reading more about Kite History.
Maybe you've heard about the Wright Brothers and Alexander Graham Bell, but what about Homan Walsh and Paul Garber? Let's find out more about them.
Everyone knows about Ben and his kite. Why was Ben flying a kite in stormy weather? If you want to know more, click here.
FRANCE: First, let's look at some wonderful kite pictures from France. When you are through looking at this site, find France on the world map.
JAPAN: Japanese people have flown kites for many hundreds of years. Some towns actually have contest with giant kites. Do you know how to tell the winner? Let's read about a Japanese kite Museum and visit a web page about Japanese kites
Have you ever wondered what kites are called in different countries? In Japan the word for kite is "Tako". Here is a list of kite names with a fun activity we can do. Take a look and see.
Before we start building kites, we need to think about the aerodynamics of kite flying. When you are ready to attach the kite string, it needs to be tied to the kite at just the right place so all the aerodynamic forces will be equal. Gravity forces the kite down. If the kite is at the correct angle, the wind forces the kite up. If the kite is attached too high, there will not be enough lift and the gravity will pull the kite down. If the kite is attached too low, there will be too much drag on the line and the kite will not be able to fly. When the string is attached to the kite at the right point, the kite will have an upward slant to it. The air pushing up against the slant of the kite causes the kite to rise into the air. Sometimes a kite tail is added to make the kite more stable. If there are some words here you don't understand, look them up in a dictionary, or ask for help.
The first kite plans come from the Big Wind Kite Factory in Hawaii. sled kite
Here is a mini-sled kite the designer says costs only 2 cents. Try it and see what you think it costs to make. paper kite
Be sure to decorate your kites before you fly them. Use big, bright colors so you can see your pictures up in the sky.
Let's see how much we know about keeping ourselves from getting hurt while we are having fun.
We hope you have the right kite answers.
Click on these sites to find more kite pictures, plans, and information. Have fun!
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Many thanks to Frank for all of his valuable help.