Create and Fly a Kite
Students will create a small-scale, artful kite based on sound scientific principles. Not only should the kite be creative in design, it should also fly. The purpose of this project is to assess students’ ability to recognize the role of art across the academic curriculum. The project integrates art and science (physics).
It is suggested that you plan this project for springtime, when outside conditions are optimal for kite flying. If the weather does not cooperate on kite-flying day, it would be acceptable to delay for a day or two. However, during that time, kites should not be accessible to students for further work.
It may be that the weather refuses to cooperate. An indoor gym may be suitable for attempts at kite flying, with teams taking turns. Box fans could contribute to air movement. Alternatively, this aspect of the assessment can be eliminated.
This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.
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