Straw Oboe: Two lips make sound

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Oboes's unique sound originates from the two small reeds a musician blows into. Make your own double reed instrument out of straw! This Exploratorium Science Snack is a simple way to learn about sound and vibration.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Flexible or straight plastic soda straws (if you use straight straws, be sure not to bend them while doing this Snack, otherwise it won't work)
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Poster paper, tape


  • Engineering and Technology
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Wave Properties
      • Sound
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation


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