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Big Wave

This is an activity about waves. Using marbles, paper clips and rubber bands, learners explore how waves behave. This is an excellent activity to use to lead into discussion of waves of all sorts (sound, ocean, light).

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Simulation


Materials List (per student)

  • 6 rubber bands
  • 10 marbles of the same size (larger ones work better)
  • 5 jumbo paper clips
  • Clear tape


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Probes, Satellites and Spacecraft
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Aerospace Engineering
    • Technology
      • Transportation
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Potential and Kinetic Energy
      • Energy and Power
    • Light and Optics
      • Vibration and Waves
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Wave Properties
      • Wave Motion
      • Sound
      • Light and Optics
      • Diffraction and Interference


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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