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April 30, 2003

Dear Reader,

One of this week’s highlights was my son making it onto
the high-school speech team. He will be competing in
“Original Prose Poetry,” so he will get a chance
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Kites date back 3000 years, when the Chinese made them from bamboo and silk. Over the centuries
kites have been used in religious ceremonies, scientific experiments, military maneuvers and, of course, for fun. Today’s sites explore the history, the science and the sport of kite flying.

20 Kids * 20 Kites * 20



Can a classroom of twenty students make twenty kites, and be outside flying them in twenty minutes?
You betcha! Uncle Jonathan from the Big Wind Kite Factory on the Hawaiian island of Molokai shares
the kid-tested instructions he’s been using with tour groups for fifteen years. The kites are folded from 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper, so they are smaller than the usual kite, but the simple directions are easy enough for kindergartners, yet fun enough for big kids too!

How Does a Kite Fly?



This eye-pleasing site, created for a Physics course, starts with a short explanation of drag and lift,
then quickly moves on to other disciplines. Don’t miss the folk tales from China, Bali and Hawaii (found
on History of Kites page) or the interviews with kiters Michael Graves and Peter Peters. Instructions for
building a simple diamond kite and a large list of kite links complete this site.

Learn2 Make a Kite



This Learn2 lesson is actually two tutorials in one. The first set of instructions (Method 1) is a kite
made from tissue paper and straw that costs almost nothing to build. Method 2 constructs a classic Scott
Sled kite. It is a bit more time-consuming, but also more durable, as it is made from plastic tarp and
dowels. To print the instructions, click on over to the last step of the second kite, where you’ll find a link
to All the Steps at Once.

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