Sound Sandwich

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With a straw, two craft sticks, and some rubber bands, construct a noisemaker called a Sound Sandwich and explore how vibration produces sound. Instructions for the activity can be downloaded from the web page, which also features three short online videos: Introduction, Step-by-Step Instructions, and What's Going On. Also available for download: a concept map and a "Going Further" document that suggests variations on this activity.

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 8 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • 2 jumbo craft sticks (or tongue depressors)
  • a straw
  • a wide rubber band (#64 size)
  • 2 smaller, narrower rubber bands
  • scissors


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

Informal Categories

  • Music
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • The Exploratorium

Source Collection

  • Science After School Consumer's Guide


  • All rights reserved, The Exploratorium, 2007

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation

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