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NEED A LIFT?

Design & build you own kite

Suitable For

Grade 8

Difficulty

3

Time Required

 <2 Days

Supervision

Advised

What’s it about?

You can have a lot of fun by making your very own kite and fly it high up in the air when there is enough wind. You will learn a lot about ‘lift’, air flow and the wind by designing, building and flying your own kite in the following science experiment:

Topics covered

Lift, Downforce

What will I need?

  • DUSTBIN LINER / PLASTIC BAG
  • SCISSORS
  • STRING
  • STIFF PAPER
  • TAPE MEASURE
  • WOODEN ‘DOWEL’ STICKS
  • STICKY TAPE

Procedure (Method)

Unfortunately, this section is only available in the e-book version of the project.

How does it work?

Unfortunately, this section is only available in the e-book version of the project.

This science experiment works because of a force called ‘lift’. Without air or air pressure there will be no lift. Although we cannot feel it, the air around us constantly pushes against everything it touches. The design of the kite affects the way the air moves and pushes around it and creates lift. This kite’s design allow it to fly at an angle so that more air is flowing below it than above, thus creating a force that pushes upwards (lift), enabling the kite to stay in the air.

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