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As part of our flying machines unit, we introduce students to a variety of aircraft that they can build themselves, including hot air balloons, compressed air rockets, gliders, and kites. By building a tetrahedral kite, students will learn essential properties of aerodynamics, and provide connections to the geometric principles of area, surface area, and volume.

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Winter15-Let's go fly a kite

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School:
East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Gregory Stewart 
Students Impacted:
130 
Grade:
Date:
January 20, 2015

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The Pinellas Education Foundation - $297.95

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Goal

As part of our flying machines unit, we introduce students to a variety of aircraft that they can build themselves, including hot air balloons, compressed air rockets, gliders, and kites. By building a tetrahedral kite, students will learn essential properties of aerodynamics, and provide connections to the geometric principles of area, surface area, and volume. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will make triangular frames out of straws and string. Then they will cut and glue tissue to straw frames to provide a surface to the kite. After the straw frames are complete, they will be joined together to create tetrahedral shapes. After four tetrahedral shapes have been built, students will join them together to create a larger tetrahedral shape made out of tetrahedral shapes. The final step is to attach a spool of string for high-flying fun outside! 

 

Benefits to my students

This activity will allow students to discover essential properties of aerodynamics, and provide connections to the geometric principles of area, surface area, and volume. Students will also develop their fine motor skills as they thread string through straws, glue tissue to the triangular frames, and join triangles together to form tetrahedral shapes.

As with all of our projects, students work in teams, which helps prepare for a career in the world outside of school.  

 

Describe the Students

Students are of mixed abilities. We have ESE and Gifted students, and levels 1-5 for FCAT Reading and Math. We are a brand new school, and because it is an engineering academy, all students attend engineering class. They are curious and thirsty for hands-on, team-based engineering activities.  

 

Budget Narrative

The budget includes two class sets (60 total kites) and a video DVD set 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 (2) Kazoon Kites Class Pack (Pitsco W23626) $198.00
2 The Science of Flight: The Spirit of Innovation Video Set (Pitsco W33358) $99.95
  Total: $297.95

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