Category: STEAM

  • Discover the Skies with Kites

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    This four-lesson unit uses an engineering approach to build a kite. Teams test their material options, then select their sail and spar materials. While building the kite, students use tools such as a wood file, side cutting pliers, and sandpaper. Don’t forget the safety glasses!  The unit features a customizable design challenge, kite design options, and a budget-conscious material list. Created by a teacher/engineer writing team, this bundle includes procedures and technical tips to aid teachers as they troubleshoot design problems.

    Discover the Skies With Kites is packed with graphical resources, notebook inserts, and helpful tips from a teacher and engineer.

    Lesson One supports include:

    • Testing Kite Materials videos for testing sails and spars
    • Two slideshows to support lesson one:
      • An Introduction to Kites
      • Kites in Flight, an introduction to principles of flight
    • Two teacher support documents
    • Three lab worksheets for students (sail testing, spar testing, and kite design)

    Lesson Two supports include:

    • Two slideshows to support lesson two:
      • Craftsman’s Way (a tool to introduce criteria for quality work)
      • Cloud Banners (examples of ways kites can be used)
    • One Google Sheet for converting DL units to centimeters
    • One Student Lab sheet that outlines how to make a model and why a model is useful
    • One teacher’s key for checking student work

    Lesson Three supports include:

    • One slideshow: Kite Blueprints (to help students read a kite template/blueprint)
    • One student Lab sheet that to help students make a pattern for their sail
    • One teacher key for checking student work

    Lesson Four supports include:

    • Step-by-step guides for building three classic kites: diamond, delta, and sled.

    BONUS: The bundle includes an illustrated knot tying handout and Step-by-Step instructions for a testing platform called the Gizmo Rig. The Gizmo Rig is useful for a host of STEM applications.

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    Kites in Flight

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    Kites in Flight

    A kite is more than just a scrap of paper or plastic tossed about in the air. It is a carefully engineered craft that balances four forces to achieve stable flight in defiance of the law of gravity. Most students are familiar with kites and many have flown them successfully. This vibrant slideshow introduces the four forces of flight (thrust, drag, lift, and gravity) using a kite as a reference. Use this slideshow to introduce a kite building unit or add some STEM to a springtime art or writing project.

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  • Introduction to Kites

    Nine different kites are introduced in the 26-page slideshow, along with an introduction to specialized kite terms and the forces at work on a kite that keep it in the sky.

    A weather investigation is also provided that allows students to use weather tools to help them to determine the best kite for their region.

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  • Fibers: A Flexible Foundation lesson and slideshow

    This Fibers bundle includes a Powerpoint presentation that provides many examples of fibers such as thread, yarn and string, silk, bristles, paper, and more. In addition to fiber sources, the presentation illustrates a wide variety of uses that fibers provide. The presentation is packaged with a science lab that allows students to explore burlap, cardboard, and paper fibers up close as students discuss their source and consider ways they can use the products that fibers provide.

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  • Fibers: a Flexible Foundation slideshow

    A Powerpoint presentation that provides many examples of fibers such as thread, yarn and string, silk, bristles, paper, and more. In addition to fiber sources, the presentation illustrates a wide variety of uses that fibers provide.

    The Fibers bundle includes:

    • Fibers: a flexible foundation presentation
    • a science lab that guides students to explore burlap, cardboard, and paper fibers up close

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    Paper Changed the World

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    Paper Changed the World

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    Most people know that paper is a versatile product made from natural fibers mashed into a pulp. Did you know that the papermaking process was invented in China and kept secret for centuries until the technology was traded as a state secret to the Turks? For good reason the Chinese view paper as one of their national treasures!  The slideshow is a perfect introduction to a papermaking lab or a unit on Chinese history. 

    This slideshow is part of the KoolKat Science Papermaking bundle that includes the following resources:

    • Slideshow presentation
    • History of Paper teacher resource
    • Step-by-Step paper making instruction guide

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