Sierpinski Kite Flying Forces

ByStrawbees

In this lesson, explore the rich history of kite flying, as well as the different types and purposes of kites. Learn about inventors who played a key role in the development of kites and investigate the forces at work to make kites fly. Experiment with flying a tetrahedron and then collaborate to build and fly a larger Sierpinski pyramid kite.

  • NGSS
    3-PS2-1 - Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
    3
    Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.
    5-PS2-1 - Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
    5
    Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down.
    MS-PS2-1 - Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
    6,7,8
    Apply Newton’s Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.*
    3-5-ETS1-1 - Engineering Design
    3,4,5
    Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
    3-5-ETS1-2 - Engineering Design
    3,4,5
    Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
    3-5-ETS1-3 - Engineering Design
    3,4,5
    Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
    MS-ETS1-1 - Engineering Design
    6,7,8
    Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
    MS-ETS1-2 - Engineering Design
    6,7,8
    Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
  • STEAM Classroom
Age range
9-14+
Duration
45m
Grades:
United States 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Topics
Energy
Forces
Geometry
Wind
Assets
  • Student Journal
  • Guide - Platonic Solids
  • Extra Kite Activity Booklet

Sierpinski Kite Flying Forces

Sierpinski Kite Flying Forces