How do I build a tetrahedral kite?
WHAT YOU’LL DO
- Step 1: Cut a piece of string eight times as long as the length of a straw.
- Step 2: String three straws together.
- Step 3: String two more straws on the long string.
- Step 4: Make a pattern by tracing both triangles onto the file folder or poster board.
- Step 5: Thread a sixth straw with leftover string.
What is a tetrahedral kite used for?
Introduction: Bell Tetrahedral Kite Alexander Graham Bell used tetrahedral kites in the early 1900s to disprove the theory that size detrimentally effected a flying machine’s ability to get off the ground.
How does a tetrahedral kite fly?
A kite flies when all forces – lift (up), weight (down), thrust (forward) and drag (backward) – are balanced. The lifting force in a tetrahedral kite comes from catching and deflecting air. Air can’t pass through the kite, so it gets blown down at an angle through the tetrahedral cells.
How do you make a straw kite?
Paper Straw Kite
- To make the paper straw kite, you’ll need:
- Cut one straw to 5 1/2″.
- Cut a notch into the middle of both the long and short straws.
- Put the two straws together – you can use a dab of hot glue to secure.
- String around all four sides, then tie in place with a square knot.
Can you make a kite with straws?
Place tape near the ends of the straws and halfway between the ends and where the straws cross. Use the ruler and marker to draw a diamond shape around the “t.” Cut out the diamond shape using scissors. Take the scraps left from the plastic bag and cut a long streamer to create a tail for the kite.
How do you design a kite?
- Draw your kite sail. Lay your paper or bag smoothly on a flat surface (if it is a piece of paper make sure it is folded in half), and mark three dots to form an isosceles triangle.
- Cut out the kite sail.
- Build kite structure.
- Attach your line.
- Make a tail.