Kites can provide a course of work that will involve research, drawing, model making skills, followed by detailed design, manufacture and evaluation. The raw materials are relatively inexpensive.
Kites were first made and flown in China and Japan more than 2500 years ago (made from silk and bamboo) and have fascinated people for centuries. It is not surprising that something so relatively simple and inexpensive to make should now be enjoyed all over the world. Observations and investigations with kites led eventually to the first heavier than air flying machines, such as Otto Lilienthal’s hang glider and the Wright brothers ‘Fliers’.