Kite Making for Learning
Infinite Arts offers Kite Making workshops in school targeted to supporting maths, science and engineering in KS1, 2 and 3. Kites can support learning and communication between different ages and different cultures. Much of the learning can take place out of doors and it can happen before the learners have realised they are learning.
Many aspects of the curriculum can be covered through kites:
Maths: symmetry, scale, ratio, measurement
Science: gravity, forces
Recycling: using unwanted materials
Engineering: planning, designing, adapting, testing, critical thinking, problem solving
Cross generational learning , cross cultural learning.
The total time for a kite making workshop will depend on a number of variables including the age and abilities of the children, and the type of kite being made. For example – making a diamond kite with a class of year 4 pupils would last about 2 hours including an introduction and demonstration, time spent making the kite, decorating the kite sail, discussing kite safety and flying the kite. More complicated workshops can be offered to stretch pupils through a team challenge such as making a Circoflex kite or a Bell Tetrahedron Kite. All the workshops involve, measuring, multiplying, estimating, checking, testing and amending and involve pupils in actually fabricating a kite which will fly.
Subjects: Mathematics, General Science, Engineering, Design and Technology
Running time: 1-3hrs, or 1 day
Ages 5-7yrs old, 7-11yrs old, 11-14yrs old
Cost: Costs start at £175 per half day, £300 per day with additional costs to cover travel and materials costs (dependant on numbers)
Note: Costs vary depending on location of school
Depending on the focus and agegroup - the following may be some of the outcomes
- To encourage young people to work outdoors
- To think creatively and to work together
- To support teachers in recognising and nurturing creativity
- To enrich personal and creative development
- To work without known or predicted outcomes
- To work to plan with predicted outcomes and to seek to vary the outcomes
- To develop skills and techniques for construction
- For each person to design and make something uplifting that can fly
The STEM Directory is provided as a service to support you in finding enrichment opportunities. The activities are offered by external providers and are not endorsed by STEM Learning. We are not responsible for their content or delivery.
Grants for school
The Royal Institution runs two enrichment and enhancement grant schemes. Grants of up to £500 are available to UK-registered state schools to host a STEM activity selected from the STEM Directory.
There are a number of other organisations that offer grants to schools.
|Published||28 November 2017|
|Last modified||28 November 2017|
|Nature of scheme||In-school visit|
|Subject(s)||Creative arts and media, Design and technology, Design skills, Engineering, Mathematics, Science, Practical work, Outside the classroom, Techniques and procedures, Enquiries and investigations|
|Age||4-5, 5-7, 7-11, 11-14, 14-16|
|Running times||A day|
Costs start at £175 per half day, £300 per full day plus travel and materials costs (dependant on numbers)