Ocean Echolocation

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  • New York Hall of Science

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  • TryScience
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Description

Use echolocation to find others and experience how whales’ senses have adapted to suit their environment. In pairs, learners are blindfolded and use containers filled with marbles to find each other. You will need a large space (e.g. exhibit floor, conference room, lobby, outdoors) for this activity.

Quick Guide

  • Preparation Time: 5 to 10 minutes
  • Learning Time: 10 to 30 minutes
  • Estimated materials cost: $1 - $5 per group of students
  • Age Range: Ages 6 - 11
  • Resource Type: Activity
  • Language: English

Materials List (per group of students)

  • 2 empty containers with lids (soft plastic or metal recommended)
  • Roughly 20-30 large wooden beads, plastic magnetic marbles or pennies
  • 2 blindfolds
  • 4 participants
  • Duct tape
  • Large space (e.g. exhibit floor, conference room, lobby, outdoors)
Subjects

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Physical Activity

Subjects

  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound
Audience

To use this activity learners need to

  • hear
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities
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Carnegie Science Center

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Comments

Deborah Lee Rose
How whales communicate
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This activity could go well with Identify Whale Sounds, an online activity from Lawrence Hall of Science, that lets learners listen to the songs of four different species of whales . Learners then try to pick which type of whale made each series of sounds.