The kite festival introduces the science of flying and creativity of decorating kites to students in the Perham and New York Mills schools. A great deal of time is spent in the classrooms with a science talk on aerodynamics and lift and then in the decorating, assembling, and later, outside, the actual flying of the kites.
Perham and New York Mills schools provided time within the classrooms, teacher time, and after school facility use for the program. They also allowed advertising of the program through standard in-school channels.
300 plus students participated in Perham, 200 plus students in New York Mills
More than 50% of the students had never flown a kite before.
Measurable Outcomes may be collected by survey, anecdotal responses, post-test; End user change in Behavior, Attitude, Skills, Knowledge, Condition and/or Status
Students anecdotal responses indicated that they had great fun decorating and flying the kites. A classroom teacher reported that the kids were raving about how much fun they had and that they couldn't wait to take them home and fly them again. (attitude, behavior) Studies have shown the more art is intertwined with curriculum, the more effective and retentive the learning experience becomes. (knowledge)