Kites Badge

(Discover the Outdoors)
Written by Diana Havir



Penguins: Do 3 requirements including the 2 starred.

Otters: Do 4 requirements including the 2 starred.

Dolphins: Do 5 requirements including the 2 starred.

Butterflies: Do 6 requirements including the 2 starred.

Eagles: Do 7 requirements including the 2 starred.

Owls: Do 9 requirements including the 2 starred.


_____*1. Research people from history who made discoveries or scientific advancements using kites. Describe their use of kites in detail. How did their studies or developments impact the world?
(Penguins research 3, Otters research 4, Dolphins research 5, Butterflies research 6, Eagles research 7, and Owls research 8)

Leonardo da Vinci
Alexander Wilson
Benjamin Franklin
Homan Walsh
Alexander Graham Bell
Wilbur and Orville Wright
Paul Garber
Peter Powell
Harry Saul
William Eddy & Lawrence Hargraves
George Pocock

_____*2. Learn about kite safety. Discuss the following safety issues with an adult before flying your kite. Consider the environment. Look for an open field free of power lines and trees. Make sure the ground is clear of rocks and debris that you could trip on. Avoid flying a kite too close to an airport or in a crowded place where there are people walking below your kite. Consider the weather conditions. Avoid wet and stormy weather. Do not fly a kite that has a wet flying line.  With the exception of small screws and nails, do not use much metal when building your kite. Consider safe kite-flying behavior. If your kite becomes caught in power lines, never try to get it down by
yourself.  Do not walk backwards without looking behind you when flying your kite.

_____3.   Define the term “aerodynamics.”  Be sure to study the concepts of lift vs. gravity and drag vs. thrust.  In terms of aerodynamics, how is a kite more like an airplane than a bubble or a balloon?

_____4. Be able to identify the following parts of a kite:
Flying Line

Also identify the following types of kites:
Flat kite
Box kite
Delta kite
Soft kite
Sled kite
Diamond kite

_____5. Identify one type of stunt kite and one type of high altitude kite.  In both types, be able to label the three defining characteristics of a kite: a body designed to obtain lift from the wind, a tether to prevent the kite from blowing away, and a bridle with at least two strings to control the kite as it flies in the air.

_____6. Learn the ancient history of the kite, including the first written record of kite use in China around the year 200 B.C. during the Han Dynasty. How did General Han Hsin use the kite?  When were kites introduced into Japan and how were they initially used? How did their kites differ from Chinese kite designs? What other ancient cultures used kites and how were they used?

_____7. How has the use of kites changed since the popularization of the airplane?

_____8. Make a homemade diamond kite.

_____9. Make a homemade box kite.

_____10. Make a homemade tetrahedral kite.

_____11.  Take a field trip to a kite store or kite exhibit.

_____12.  Try flying a kite of your own.