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How to Make an Audio Tape Bow


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    Science Museum of Minnesota

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How to Make an Audio Tape Bow

From this How To slide show, you create an Audio Tape Bow that can play distorted audio sounds by running it across a tape head. Learners will open up cassette tapes and used tape players to see how they work. Then, they will dismantle some of the parts in order to create and design a new instrument. The How To includes a video of the sound the Audio Tape Bow makes when run across a tape head. This activity is a great for exploring the way sounds are recorded and the technology used to play it back.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - adult

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Audio cassette tape
  • Drill and bits
  • Used cassette player
  • Dowel rod
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Some corks
  • Thin piece of scrap wood
  • Screwdriver

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Electrical Engineering
    • Technology
  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process

Informal Categories


  • Arts and Crafts
  • Electronics
  • Music

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • hear
  • 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

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Rights:

  • Public Domain

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, 0087813

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