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KITE EXPERIMENTS AND ACTIVITIES


AN OVERVIEW OF WHAT THIS PAGE IS ABOUT

Part 1 -From the two pages before this, kids have created, named, and flown their small, inexpensive, easy to make, kid friendly little kites. They have begun to learn about wind energy and how to  work with the wind. 


Their first kite flight was made with a fan. The little kite is so aerodynamic, it will fly with little air power. Because they have short strings,the kites are safe to fly in small places like their neighborhoods.

KITE EXPERIMENTS TEACH AERODYNAMICS, PHYSICS, ENGINEERING WHILE KIDS HAVE FUN!

Part 2 - Kids do computer research to find the "Beaufort Wind Scale (land), so they can learn to estimate wind speed. With this technical skill, they are ready to experiment to create the best kite design. They are ready for junior engineering fun and aerodynamic delight!

When the best kite is ready to do work kid's fun physics experiments begin! Can the kite carry a load? What is the weight bearing load capacity of the best kite? Where would you place the load on the kite? Does the shape of the load matter?

This need for more research is met with our book "Pink Hat's Adventure with Kites." It is available on our website: 
www.free-energy-env-exp4kids.com.  Pink Hat is one tough cookie, she never quits trying until she succeeds. She learns by experimenting where to fly herself on her kite.
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WHAT FOLLOWS IS A TOOL KIT AND A PLAN WHICH LEADS KIDS THROUGH THE EXPERIMENTING.

Some kids will go all the way to the "SMART KID, CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING GENIUS AWARD." 

Some kids will make this a great "Science Fair Project.

Some kids who love nature will be looking for seeds that fly in the wind. They will  
find tree seeds, some shaped like helicopter blades and have fun flying them.  Later these kids can tell their parents they saw flying trees without a tornado!

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 As you do the experiments use this plan to keep track of what happens in each experiment.

STATE THE PROBLEM YOU WANT TO SOLVE (WRITE IT DOWN).                              

EXAMPLE: Problem: How can I make my little kite more aerodynamic (fly better)? 

STATE WHAT YOU WILL DO.

EXAMPLE: I will make the tail 5 feet long rather than 10 feet.

STATE WHAT HAPPENED.

EXAMPLE: With the 5 ft. tail the kite ------------------write what happened. What did you learn?

    

Before you begin you need a TOOL called the "Beaufort Wind Scale (Land). It will help you estimate the wind speed. Use its clues to determine wind speed your kite is flying in. To get this tool just GOOGLE it or look it up in a resource book such as a science book for kids. Write down the wind speed when you fly your kite. You will need this in the experiments.

KITE EXPERIMENTS

1. What length tail is best? Try several different lengths of tails. Record results. What length tail is best? Try several different lengths of string and find out what length string works best. Record results of this experiment.

2. Combine best tail with best string length.  Does the kite fly better? If not, test to find out the best tail length and the best string length which makes the kite fly better. Record Results 

3. Can you think of anything else you can change to see if the kite flies better? Test your own ideas. Record Results.

4. If you can, buy the book Pink Hat's Experiments With Kites. You can get it on this website. In the book Pink Hat decides she wants to fly ON a kite and make the kite do tricks like she saw at a Kite Show. To have her adventure she has to choose where to be attached TO THE KITE! She did not have knowledge of wind energy or of flying ON a kite.  She is the LOAD the kite has to carry in flight. After several experiments and crashes, she learns where to be attached on the kite in order to have her adventure.  By reading about her adventure you learn about (weight bearing loads and flight). And you are ready to fly objects on your little kite.

5. Experiment with (Weight Bearing Loads-(physics)  Gather up a few small objects of different sizes and shapes.  Make a chart that says:   OBJECT        WIND SPEED      SIZE      SHAPE  WEIGHT    WHAT HAPPENED. If there is a scale small enough, weigh each object. If you can't get a scale estimate the weight by laying the objects out from lightest to most heavy and test them in that order.

6. Test one object at a time and record results in the chart.  By experimenting, learn how much weight bearing load your kite can carry. Experiment with small and big winds. Does the heavier object need a bigger windHow does shape of the object affect its flight? What wind speed works best? Share your results with other kids who are flying kites.  What did you learn?

7. TAKE  A BREAK: Pretend you are on a kite flying high in the sky.  Take paper and pencil and draw what you would see as you look down. Pretend you are flying in your neighborhood, over your school, or in your town. Draw what you would see there. Name each place. "Thanks to Dr. Earsom, University of Oklahoma for this activity."

8.KEEP ON GOING FOR MORE FUN: Example: PROBLEM - What would happen if I used larger paper to make my kite (maybe 8 1/2 by 13 in.-legal size)?  Would it fly better?  Would it carry a heavier load? Try it and record the results.

9. Are you ready to make and fly a different kite?  Google KITES. See directions for making many different kinds of kites, large and small. Try making and flying different kites. Try out the objects you have to see what kind of load these kites can carry. Which is best?  Which is your favorite?

10. Google Benjamin Franklin and his kite.  Find out what happened when he was flying his kite in a storm.  What did he learn?  How was that knowledge used to make something wonderful.  What was it?

11. Google kites again and this time look for kite parts and what they do, then take a look at kite history.  It's so easy to get knowledge when you need it. Google is a great place to go for this.

12.  If you did all the experiments and activities you win the "SMART KID, CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING GENIUS AWARD." You may help solve the big problems we have with our planet. Problems such as, "How Can We Make Electricity in such a way it does not pollute our planet?" Clue: What have you learned about wind energy in your experiments?  Google can help you find more information under "Wind Energy". Congratulations!

                                                


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