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  • In this activity, students will learn about some kite history and how kites fly before making and flying a kite themselves.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • use some kite terminology when discussing kites
    • demonstrate a basic understanding of how kites fly
    • make a kite
    • fly a kite.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • student worksheets.

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    Find out more about the Principles of flight. There is a lot to know about wings and flight! These articles provide more information: Wings and lift, Wing loading and Wing aspect ratio.

    Activity ideas

    These hands-on activities are an ideal way to investigate flight principles:

    Useful links

    Check out this wikiHow site if you’ve decided to make a diamond-shaped kite and this site for information about box kites.

    Here’s some history about the kites used in World War II for target practice.

      Published 13 September 2011 Referencing Hub articles
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