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Teacher Education

Our teacher education programs compress complex aspects of kite-building and kite-flying into a simple, straight forward curriculum that educators can easily transport back to their classrooms. Using the American Kiteflier Association’s “Kites in the Classroom” program, SkyWindWorld offers a complete kite curriculum tailored for grade school, middle school or high school levels.

Kites make a terrific vehicle for learning about a variety of subjects—from creative use of color and graphics, mathematics and trigonometry, earth science, physics and industrial science, history, craft-making, reading, music and more. Curriculum can be broadened with the inclusion of aircraft, aeronautics, feathered flight and space exploration.

SkyWindWorld’s educator seminars are available throughout the year and offer content that begins with basic kite safety, styles, parts, materials, history and principles of flight. Educators make a variety of kites during the seminar and have the choice of buying pre-made kite kits of varying degrees of difficulty or receiving detailed plans that show how to make numerous kites from scratch. The plans and techniques that are offered help educators to assure every that every child they teach will have a successful, positive kite making experience.

These programs are facilitated by SkyWindWorld members Drake Smith–an internationally known kitemaker/engineer who applies his knowledge of physics to kitemaking; and Terry Zee Lee–who for the last decade has transformed kites into public art exhibits and magical learning experiences in classrooms and community workshops.

 

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