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Canjo


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Canjo

In this activity, learners explore sound by constructing their very own banjo out of a coffee can. Learners experiment with the canjo to change the instrument's pitch and timbre.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • 1 2' wood dowel, 1/2 in. more or less
  • 1 coffee can
  • 1 yard 50 lb. test fishing line
  • 1 small eye screw
  • 1 small piece of wood
  • 1 nail
  • scissors
  • hammer
  • wood file

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Wave Properties
      • Wave Motion
      • Sound

Informal Categories


  • Arts and Crafts
  • Music

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • 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:

  • Oakland Discovery Centers

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Oakland Discovery Centers, ©2012

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