EDT Summer STE(A)M Challenge

Design a kite

A kite is an effective device that flies on a tether (or line) in the wind. Some kits can only fly in heavy breeze, but others can be flown in light breeze, or even indoors by simply walking or running whilst holding the line. The minimum wind speed in which the kite can fly is dependent on how light it is and how large its surface area is. If a kite is made to be too light, then it may be too fragile and will break-up in a breeze.


  • The smallest kite in the world which actually flies is 5mm high.
  • The longest kite in the world is 1034 metres (3394 ft).
  • The largest kite in the world is the Megabite 55 x 22 metres (630sq metres).
  • The record for the highest single kite flown is 3801 metres (12,471ft).
  • The world record for the longest 'kite fly' is 180 hours
  • Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers
  • There is at least one Kite Festival every weekend of the year in some part of the world
  • Kites have been used for centuries for fishing
  • People were flying kites 1,000 years before paper was invented
  • There are over 50 million kites sold in the USA every year
  • Kites have been used in many sea rescues

Activity: Choose one of the designs below to create your own kite and see how high you can fly your kite!  Make sure you have all of the equipment needed. Happy flying!


Kite 1

Kite 2

Click here for instructions

Materials you will need:

Straws (paper or plastic)
Cotton String
Safety scissors
Plastic bag, paper or fabric
Material or tissue paper for the tail

Click here for instructions


Materials you will need:

Sheet of Paperhttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=snuggleexpres-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B007OCF0C0 (8 ½” x 11″ will do)
Bamboo Skewer http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=snuggleexpres-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B000UJ0Z10or straw
Clear Tapehttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=snuggleexpres-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B0009F3P3U
Cotton Stringhttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=snuggleexpres-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B004RCQC7M
Safety Scissorshttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=snuggleexpres-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00004UBGU (to cut string)
Hole Punchhttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=snuggleexpres-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00006IBK9
Party Streamershttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=snuggleexpres-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B0016L2MM6 (optional)