3D Connector Kites

Explore, Connect, and Fly!


In this activity, groups of 4-5 students will collaboratively design, build, test and modify a series of kites using 3D printed connectors that can fly by way of wind in the environment.

Duration: Up to (4) 40-minute sessions

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Group or Individual: Group

Learning Goals

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain how different materials allow structures to achieve different objectives
  • Work collaboratively to critically and creatively solve the design problem
  • Conceptualize and create a design meeting specifications and constraints
  • Communicate using scientific vocabulary when working in groups
  • Utilize problem solving strategies to analyze the practicality of various designs
  • Apply scientific principles of hypothesis, experimentation, analysis and repetition
  • Create an object that can successfully take flight by way of natural or simulated airflow


  • 3D Printer filament for printing (and scheduled time on the printer)
  • scrap cardboard for initial prototypes
  • cardstock or construction paper for initial prototypes
  • straws
  • art Straws
  • wooden skewers
  • tape
  • twine or fishing line
  • hot glue gun/gluesticks
  • 3D printer such as the Cubicon Single+
  • licensed CAD software such as Fusion 360, Inventor, TinkerCAD or SolidWorks
  • computer and mouse for each student or group for CAD design

Prerequisite Skills

  • Familiarity with TinkerCAD or other 3D printing software

Your Instructor

Eden Hennessey
Eden Hennessey

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
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What if I am unhappy with the course?
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