Meg Robinson-Albers is a self-professed “kite-maven,” bringing the joy of kite making and the science of flying to students in all grade levels.
Robnison-Albers, a Buffalo native, received a B.A. in Mass Communications from Buffalo State College. She then began traveling the world, and the more she travelled, the more she became fascinated by kites, kite culture and kite flying. Robinson-Albers opened a kite store but then closed it, over twenty years ago, to work as a teacher. Her work in education helped her develop and implement exciting, hands-on kite programs. She has brought these multi-curricular programs to students, senior citizens, mentally and physically disabled people, hospital patients, and the community at large. Robinson-Albers hopes that, through kite making, she can help her students soar, no matter who they are or where they come from.
- Art Forms: Ensemble, Visual Art
Kites of Japan
With period costumes, demonstrations of materials and techniques, and an examination of the creative process of kitemaking, the artist uses kites to illustrate Japan’s tradition, folk art and history. This program broadens horizons while fostering tolerance. Imagine how boring life would be if we all had to fly the same kite!
For four thousand years, the kite has served as a form of transportation, a scientific tool, a weapon of war and a toy. Because of this, kite-making in the classroom can serve as a window into history, a form of self-expression, or a range of other curriculum-supporting projects. While tailoring her theme to curriculum needs, Albers discusses various techniques and materials, emphasizing teamwork as students make kites. This workshop can be adjusted for a range of ages.
Kites are an enlightening way to assist teachers in their quest to engage, excite and educate their pupils. This workshop can be tailored to suit adult For four thousand years, the kite has served as a form of transportation, a scientific tool, a weapon of war and a toy.
This visually stimulating program uses kites to explore history. Kites will demonstrate interconnectedness as well as the cause and effect of scientific inventions. In this workshop, kites are woven repeatedly through history in a fascinating manner as the students’ attention is captured and focused on such topics as: NYS history, Marco Polo, Ben Franklin, Marconi, The Wright Brothers, Alexander Graham Bell, the Revolutionary & Civil Wars, WWI & WWII or the Industrial Revolution. The amazing range of the kite is emphasized as it is transformed from a weapon of war to a common everyday toy.