# Kite Project

## Dragon Kite Blueprint

Our kite has a diameter of 2 feet. The dowel will be a piece of foam that is 3-5 feet. The kite will have a dragon picture on it so the kite will have swag. The tail will help stabilize the kite and give it swag. Our materials will be a garbage bag, toothpicks, dowels, scissors, tape, fishing line, tissue paper, markers, and pipe cleaners.
Our model kite helped us by showing what not to do. The frame on our model was dented, and it had designs that we were not going to put on our kite. This is a picture of our model kite and us working on it.

## Question 1

1: In 1820, George Pocock connected

several large kites to a carriage and pulled it from

Southampton to London. Since road taxes were based on

the number of horses used to pull a carriage, he was able to

avoid any taxes! The 60 mile trip took two hours. Modern

kite buggies now go twice as fast but seldom go as far. How

fast was the carriage moving? The carriage was moving at 30 miles per hour.

## Question 2

4: The largest kites built in Japan are

flown in Hoshubana every May. The kites are 36 feet wide

and 48 feet tall with bridle lines more than 100 feet long. It

takes fifty members of the O-dako (Giant Kite) Association

of Hoshubana to launch this giant creation. Each team

member is suitably uniformed in a traditional festival jacket

that matches the kite. The kite is made from individual

pieces of rice paper, each glued together at the edges. If

each sheet is 18 inches wide and 24 inches tall, how many

sheets are needed to create the sail of this Japanese kite? 576 sheets are needed to make the giant kite.

## Surface Area

We only needed 1 shape to find the surface area of our kite: the circle. The formula we used was Pi times radius squared. The radius of our kite was 30 centimeters. Pi, of course, is 3.14159265359. So, we did 30 squared (900) times 3.14 and got 2826, so the surface area of our dragon kite was 2826 square centimeters.