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What's the Buzz


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What's the Buzz

In this physics activity, learners explore how sound is created by vibrations. They make a "buzzer" out of a rubber band, a craft stick, and an index card, then whirl it overhead, observing the noise that it makes. To take it even further, they can experiment using different sizes of rubber bands, index cards, and sticks.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Craft stick
  • Half of a 3x5 index card
  • Rubber band
  • 2 pencil top erasers
  • 20 inch piece of string
  • Transparent tape

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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