Create a Kite at Abu Dhabi Science Festival November 2017

Last year I was at a festival where there was a kite making workshop on the beach and some of the kites were ending up in the sea. I wondered if I could make a kite that would fly well yet be biodegradable. It took months of testing different materials but by the end of the summer I had done it. 

I was delighted when I was asked by Abu Dhabi Science Festival if I would bring my kite making workshop to the festival in November. I was lucky to have a great team of students to help me and Hannah Ayre work with school groups and families to make thousands of kites over the festival. The best part of making a kite is of course flying it, and we had great fun with the school groups flying the kites in the square next to our workshop.

The kites make a great workshop as they encourage children to be dexterous, a skill that our screen loving children often lack.

 

They are also great as there is so much science to talk about we talked about how kites fly and the effect of plastic pollution on our oceans and how we, as a society need to think of way to reduce plastic waste.

 

 

Hannah and I didn’t get much time off during the festival but the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened while we were there and we couldn’t resist taking a look. It was breath taking and I thought their exhibitions were very thoughtful.

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