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Kite and flight enthusiasts can discuss and build kites during Spring Kite Fling Friday, April 19, at 6 p.m. at Tennessee Tech University’s Millard Oakley STEM Center.


Kite specialist Glenn Davison will deliver an exciting presentation, discussing everything from physics and art to kites and culture.

Outside of designing and building kites, even tiny ones that are smaller than an inch, Davison lectures on kites and chairs the education committee for the American Kitefliers Association. He has been featured on HGTV and in the Boston Globe, among other publications.

His work has been displayed in the Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and he has been a featured flier at festivals in Antigua, Columbia, Canada, Taiwan and India.

“I have always been fascinated by kites and am thrilled that the STEM Center has the opportunity to work with Glenn Davison,” said Sally Pardue, director of the Oakley STEM Center. “Flight physics and engineering are easily accessible concepts when you’re having fun playing with colorful, whimsical flying art.”

After Davison’s talk, guests may build their own kite at a workshop at 7 p.m. Seating for the workshop is very limited. Both Davison’s presentation and the workshop are free, but guests must have a reservation. To make a reservation, visit or contact Jonathon Riggsbee at (931) 372-6573.

As part of his visit to the Upper Cumberland, Davison will be at the K.I.T.E. Festival at Prescott South Schools Saturday, April 20, providing kite-flying demonstrations. Visitors may bring their own kites for “open flying” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event at Prescott South is free and open to the public. For more information, call (931) 528-3647.