Orkney Science Festival Sept 2017

Last year I was at a festival where there was a kite making workshop and I was a bit horrified to see so many plastic kites ending up in the sea. Once plastic gets in to the sea, it floats around the world possibly for centuries reaching parts of our globe that we might think are far away from any kind of pollution. This bottle of 7 up is thought to have left Florida about ten years ago and washed up in Birsay, Mainland Orkney earlier this year. It contained a sweet smelling liquid, thought to be the remains of the 7 Up. (No-one wanted to taste it to find out!)

Plastic bottle from america

So over the summer I had been working on making a kite with no plastic parts. After weeks of testing I was happy with the result and the Orkney science festival proved to be the best place for the first outing of this new workshop.Kite sideways viewI spent months researching different kinds of paper, different lengths and weights of bamboo canes, finding pure linen thread etc etc. but finally I was ready. How would classes of school children find making these kites?

I’m always a little nervous when doing a new workshop for the first time, but everyone managed to make a kite from P2 to S3. It is a great workshop as you can tailor the science to be appropriate for the class.

There wasn’t time for me to get involved in flying the kites with each class but, the older kids on Stronsay let me join in their kite flying session. Here are a few picures:

We had loads of fun on a blustery Orkney day!

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