KROS Pacific Ocean Kayak Journey: Kites, Wind, and Speed

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Subject(s): Mathematics
Grade Level(s): 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Intended Audience: Educators
Keywords: KROS, Pacific ocean, kayak, wind, kite, kites, trade wind, trade winds, area, speed, rate, nonlinear, vector, force, weight
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