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Woodpecker


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Woodpecker

In this activity, learners construct a traditional handicraft toy that illustrates a motion commonly associated with violins and earthquakes. This motion has a certain frequency and stays at the same frequency throughout the movement. Learners also observe the force of gravity, which powers the woodpecker down the stick. Note: a drill is used in this activity, and is not included in the cost of materials.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • 1 dowel
  • 1 baseboard
  • 1 small, narrow block
  • 1 bobby pin
  • 1 round clothespin
  • 1 counterweight (like a large bolt)
  • decorations for bird
  • glue gun (or tape)
  • drill
  • hammer

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Earthquakes
      • Volcanoes and Plate Tectonics
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Wave Properties
      • Wave Motion
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Music
  • Nature and Environment
  • Toys

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop, ©2011

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