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    In this activity, learners use common household items to build musical instruments. This lesson guide includes step-by-step instructions for building five instruments: a torsion drum; buzzer;...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 6 - 14 30 to 45 minutes
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    In this activity, learners build a hovercraft using a paper plate, cup, and simple motor. Learners follow simple instructions that include helpful photos to build a vehicle that glides over a...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 6 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    In this activity, learners create a traditional Mexican noisemaker (a matraca) using cardboard, craft sticks, and a wooden dowel. Use this activity to introduce learners to musical instruments,...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 6 - 18 1 to 2 hours
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    In this activity, learners construct three math puzzles out of simple materials like wood, string, and Styrofoam. The first two puzzles, called "Remove the Loop" and "Two Washers,...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 6 - 14 1 to 2 hours
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    In this activity, learners construct three optical illusion toys to examine how our brains play tricks on what we see. Learners use simple materials to build a Circle Spinner, Thaumatrope, and...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 6 - 18 30 to 45 minutes
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    In this activity (posted on March 27, 2011), learners follow the steps to construct a mini zoetrope, a device that produces an illusion of action from a rapid succession of static pictures. First,...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 6 - 18 1 to 2 hours
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    In this activity, learners construct speedy vehicles made out of paper plates and powered by twisted rubber bands. This toy is an excellent demonstration of potential and kinetic energy and how...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 6 - 18 45 to 60 minutes
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    In this activity, learners build and play three math games. In the first game, called "Switcheroo," learners place marbles in holes 1 through 4 and 7 through 10. The goal is to change the...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 6 - 14 1 to 2 hours

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