Spring 2010

Spring is on its way!!!! Daylight lasts longer, seed catalogs arrive in the mail, garden and boat shows excite visitors, and National Kite Month is on the calendar.

Kites…on a Roll® News

National Kite Month is scheduled from March 27, 2010 to May 2, 2010. Visit www.nationalkitemonth.org for loads of information. You can find kite events scheduled near you, you can schedule your kite activity, you can find resources, read about kite history–everything you need to find to have a successful kiting event (except the wind).

Samples: We send a sample pattern with each order so that you can make the kite ahead of time and contact us with any questions. Please note that these are samples; sometimes the sticks are not the same diameter as the pattern requires or there is a printing error on the sail. The completed kits you receive are just perfect!.

Hints for an Easier Activity

NASA has created an interesting interactive site for middle school age kids and above who are interested in the physics and math of kite flight. According to the introduction, you are invited to participate in the beta testing of KiteModeler. Since the site is interactive, you can see what will happen when you change different variables of the kite you’re designing.

We have added another link from NASA to our LINKS page: a kite index listing all the topics in their Beginner’s Guide to Kites. Clicking on the subject line leads you to a scientific explanation of that particular topic.

Visit www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/k-12/airplane/shortk.html.

Keeping hands clean when working with permanent markers: have the young kitemakers wear thin vinyl (without latex) gloves purchased at a food or medical supply store.


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