Throwing Caution to the Wind
by Dave Schoeff
(Toledo, OH, USA)
Sled made of gift wrap
My wife and I are working on a STEM science unit about kites and kite building. I bought the Big Kite bundle and so far we've coached two elementary age "volunteers" through building 6 kites: 2 dowel sleds, 3 dowel diamonds, and a 2-skewer Sode.
The sleds were a breeze to build and fly like a dream. The diamonds were fun to build but I can't get the bridles right. Definitely a non-starter for a classroom teacher. Jury's still out on the sode since it flew...ish.
The book has been a great resource. Once we get these bridles dummy-proofed, the diamonds look promising.
A note about the title - we didn't have any handy tail material and used some yellow caution tape.