Pickle-oh!: Musical Pickle Instrument

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What's a Pickle-Oh? Two pieces of pickle on a stick are connected to a Pico Cricket (micro controller). When you slide the pickles apart the note changes. You can also expand on the activity and teach it as a one-hour to two-hour workshop. As extensions, the What Else? section suggests other activities related to food and music. This is a fun activity to do as a walk up for all ages. Note: This activity uses an older version of the Pico Cricket. Some revision may be necessary for later versions.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Pico Cricket kit
  • pickle
  • skewer
  • aligator clips with wire leads
  • connection sensor
  • display


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Charges and Currents
      • Electric Circuits
    • Chemistry
      • Acids and Bases

Informal Categories

  • Electronics
  • Food and Cooking
  • Music


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • hear
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, 0087813