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In this activity, learners will create a speaker using a paper cup, magnet, and enameled wire. Also included in this activity is a Mr. O video that explains how speakers work and how to make the speaker. The activity guide also includes information about electromagnetism and sound vibrations.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • paper cup
  • permanent magnet (the stronger the better, but handle really strong magnets with care)
  • enameled wire (available at most electronic hobby shops like Radio Shack)
  • sandpaper
  • male-male stereo audio jack
  • wire cutters
  • wire strippers
  • sound generator (portable music player works well)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Electrical Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Charges and Currents
      • Electromagnetic Fields
      • Electric Circuits
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Wave Motion
      • Sound

Informal Categories

  • Electronics


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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