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Bee Hummer

In this activity, learners investigate sound and vibration by making a "bee hummer"--a toy that sounds like a swarm of buzzing bees when you spin it around. The activity includes three short online videos: Introduction, Step-by-Step Instructions, and What's Going On. Also available: a concept map and a "Going Further" document that suggests variations on this activity.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • popsicle stick
  • string
  • wide rubber band (about 1/4 inch wide)
  • index card
  • cap eraser (the kind that fits on the end of a pencil)
  • scissors
  • stapler (strong enough to staple paper to a popsicle stick)


  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound

Informal Categories

  • Music
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • The Exploratorium

Source Collection:

  • Science After School Consumer's Guide


  • All Rights Reserved, The Exploratorium, ©2007

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation


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