Tune Booster

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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



  • , Science Museum Group, 2020