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Headphone Helper


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Headphone Helper

In this design challenge activity, learners add headphones to a previously built instrument (see "Build a Band" activity) to make it easier to hear. This lesson plan includes information on sound energy, the design process, and teamwork as well as instructions on how to integrate two video clips into the activity. This activity is best suited as a follow-up to "Build a Band" from the same source.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English, Spanish

Materials List (per student)


  • Build a Band instruments
  • 2 paper cups (6 ounce or larger)
  • thin string (e.g., kite string)
  • paper-towel tube or, even better, a 3-foot section of a wide plastic hose
  • large paper clips
  • scissors
  • duct tape

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Technology
      • Information and Communication
  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Wave Properties
      • Wave Motion
      • Sound
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories


  • Music

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Source Collection:

  • Design Squad Nation

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, WGBH Educational Foundation, ©2009

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, 0810996

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