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Sounds of Science


Created by Emma MD, last updated 2015-11-13


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Engineered Music

The gist is just 'build an instrument', but there's some good phrasing for setting up the activity.

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Making Vocal Cords

Simple--good as an intro?

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Sound Sandwich

Reed instruments.

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The Straw Flute

pt 1 of talk box. 2 seconds to make--can be frustrating to get working, apparently. Reed instruments

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Good Vibrations

tuning forks, and drums and rice

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Speak to Me

With: http://pbskids.org/designsquad/pdf/parentseducators/DS_TG_HeadphoneHelper_Handout.pdf Adding 'headphones' to rubber band instruments.

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Bend It, Break It

Good info about sound, NIHL. 'bend it, break it' activity: demo with pipecleaners. good goal

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Bee Hummer

Try it.: https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/buzzing-noise-maker-sick-science

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Slide Whistle

Make a slide whistle!

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What's the Buzz?

kazoo for yong campers, talk boxes for older?

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Shake and Match

Sound memory game. Good alternative to just talking about waves.

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How to Make an Audio Tape Bow

I can't quite visualize this, but good application if it works!

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Build a Band

Just build an instrument. But: good troubleshooting words

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Waterbottle Membranophone

A step two for the Straw oboe? A more complicated version uses PVC pipes and has holes...

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Sound Charades

Make the sound of the animal/machine/object on the cards. Drama-y, but possible

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Make Your Own Rain Stick

No science, but an option for what they could make (if an hour gave them choices)

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Musica II: Torsion Drum, Buzzer, Maraca, Chirper, Flute

Uses film canisters--we can find replacement. Chirper and buzzer especially fun!

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Office Supply Washtub Bass

Make big versions too! Or inbindi bass: http://www.walleymusic.com/inbindi/

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Torsion Drum

Possible to do without heat shrink?

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Make Pan Pipes

Simple, overdone?

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Matraca

Maybe material-heavy? Older campers do this, younger do something else?

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Groovy Sounds

Too finicky? Would be neat to do this with the tape--how we record sound. V. 'science of rock and roll' And a CD? Digital=hard!

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Music and Sound

large-scale tubes. Love it!

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Make Maracas

Would counsellors hate us if we did papier mache?

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Rhythm Painting

Rhythm. Probably only good for younger campers. Paint-covered bean/ds inside a coffee can

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Lagging Sound

Needs a lot of space, but good concept

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Catch a Wave: How Waves are Formed

An hour on different kinds of waves?

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Wave Machine

waves waves waves

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Finding the Sweet Spot

There's an application here somewhere

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Model Eardrum

Model eardrum, but also lots of little activities

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Echolocation Lab

lots of water, but echolocation is a must

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Air Cannon

Air cannon might be a good idea...

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Ocean Echolocation

echolocation game

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How Loud is Too Loud

variety of activities

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Mystery Noises

same general idea--can you identify this sound?

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Sound Mixer: A Multi-track Mixer of Animal Sounds

This is a computer activity, but could we do something ourselves?

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Sound Off!

how animals use sound...

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Save Your Ears

computer game, but modifiable, I think

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Bag Pipe

eugh probably too hard for us. but looks amazing!

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Buzzing Bee

buzzes when you swing it

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Circuit Bending with Play-Doh

would need a TON of circuits to do this at camp...

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Tracking Otters

another active echolocation game. Maybe too complex for us? But involves a large group of people. good!

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