Fall/Winter 2010

As an adult, I don’t have to go to school, but I can take many of the adult- ed classes offered. I recently enrolled in the study of Ben Franklin and am finding him to be such an amazing person. Of course his study of electricity and the use of kites had something to do with my decision to take the class. Ben’s birthday is Jan. 17; regardless of the weather, a lot can be done to celebrate.

Kites…on a Roll® News

A wonderful site, www.surfnetkids.com/ben_franklins_kite_experiment.htm, has various excerpts and links discussing this experiment conducted in
June 1752. 

The book, Benjamin Franklin: an American Life by Walter Isaacson, 2003, pages 140-142, gives a description of the experiment within the framework of his life and interest in scientific happenings.

For older kids, check out http://www.codecheck.com/cc/BenAndTheKite.html. This site discusses building and electrical codes, but B. Franklin is included because of his contributions.

Kit prices will be going up in January. Take advantage of the pricing now before it changes.

Two new links are added to our Links page: www.kitehistory.com/index.htm. By clicking on any of the historic individuals or kites, you will get quite a nice summary on the selected topic and www.scienceweekly.com/interactive/kites_Answers.pdf, presenting a brief discussion of kite history, kite parts and kite physics.

Hints for an Easier Activity

Duck® brand duct tape recently introduced new designs, prints and colors. Animals, the 60’s, hot rods and others are added to the familiar silver. Visit www.duckbrand.com/products/duck-tape.aspx and click on the color or pattern of interest.

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