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Tune Booster

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    Science Museum Group

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Tune Booster

In this activity, learners build unique sound enhancing inventions with items from around the house to amplify sound from their smart phone's speakers. Explore sound, make observations, and practice creative problem-solving skills all while making something that will be relevant and useful to your daily life. Activity includes step-by-step instructions with visual aids and a "what's the science" section that explains the science behind the activity. This activity uses low cost materials and can be done at home. This activity requires a smartphone with working speakers.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • A smartphone (one that you can play music on)
  • A rigid cardboard snack tube
  • A kitchen towel or toilet paper tube
  • A small cardboard box
  • A glass bowl
  • A milk Bottle
  • Plastic cups
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • A score sheet


  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Music


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Access Rights:

  • Free access