Resource Image Ever Fly a Tetrahedron?

by: Kenneth King
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Type of Resource: Journal Article
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Publication Title: Science Scope
Publication Date: 3/1/2004
Grade Level: Middle School


Few things capture the spirit of spring like flying a kite. Watching a kite dance and sail across a cloud-spotted sky is not only a visually appealing experience, it also provides a foundation for studies in science and mathematics. In this kite-building and flying activity, students use inexpensive and readily-available materials to construct a simple tetrahedron kite, then design an experiment to test how changing one variable in the kite's design affects its performance.

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Science Discipline: (mouse over for full classification)
Science process skills
Forces and motion
Technological design
Intended User Role:Curriculum Supervisor, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
Educational Issues:Achievement, Assessment of students, Classroom management, Curriculum, Educational research, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Integrating technology, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies


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National Standards Correlation

This resource has 7 correlations with the National Standards.  

This resource has 7 correlations with the National Standards.  

  • Content Standards
    • Quality Teaching
      • Deepens educators’ content knowledge, provides them with research-based instructional strategies to assist students in meeting rigorous academic standards, and prepares them to use various types of classroom assessments appropriately. (NSDC)
  • Teaching Standards
    • Teachers of science plan an inquiry-based science program for their students.
      • Select science content and adapt and design curricula to meet the interests, knowledge, understanding, abilities, and experiences of students.
  • Science as Inquiry
    • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • NA
    • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • NA
  • Physical Science
    • Motion and Forces
      • NA
  • Science and Technology
    • Abilities of technological design
      • NA
    • Understanding about science and technology
      • NA

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User Reviews

Designing kites and looking at lift and drag
  Patricia (Arlington, VA) on March 20, 2013
  This article offers templates for the design of kites as well as content background on the drag and lift forces that act on a kite. The force analysis involves vectors but even young children could do scale diagrams and learn to resolve forces on a flying kite to form a foundation for deeper knowledge. The article is valuable as a tool for a teacher wanting to design a STEM project based on flying kites. Teacher notes and materials lists are extensive and this is a project that could be done relatively inexpensively. If video and a video analysis program are available, students could extend their questioning and gather and analyze data for deeper understanding. This article offers an open-ended approach for many levels of science