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    IEEE
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    In this activity, learners explore how musical instruments are engineered. Learners explore how mass manufacturing impacted the recorder, and then work in teams to design their own musical...

    $10 - $20 per group Ages 8 - 18 1 to 2 hours
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    WGBH
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    In this design challenge activity, learners add headphones to a previously built instrument (see "Build a Band" activity) to make it easier to hear. This lesson plan includes information...

    $5 - $10 per student Ages 8 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    WGBH
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    In this design challenge activity, learners build a four-stringed instrument that can play a tune. This lesson plan includes information on sound energy and pitch and the design process, as well as...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 8 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    Science Friday
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    In this activity, learners explore how an electromagnet works by making a simple one. Using this knowledge, learners design a diagram to make a working speaker using household materials. Then...

    $10 - $20 per group Ages 11 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University
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    Learners design and create musical instruments from common objects; their challenge is to create an instrument that can make three different tones. They investigate how energy is transferred from...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 8 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    NISE Network
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    In this activity/demo about piezoelectricity, learners discover how some crystals produce electricity when squeezed. Learners investigate the history of piezoelectricity, how it's used, and...

    Over $20 per group Ages 4 - adult 10 to 30 minutes
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    Center for Engineering and Computing Education, University of South Carolina
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    Learners build a simple electromagnet, then use this electromagnet to transform a yogurt container into a working speaker. They can connect their speaker to a radio and listen as it transmits sound...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 11 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    NOAA
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    In this activity, learners will listen to as many radio stations as possible to discover that AM radio signals can travel many hundreds of miles at night. Learners log the call signs, locations,...

    free Ages 8 - 18 1 to 2 hours
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    Community Science Workshop Network
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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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    Children's Museum Of Houston
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    In this hands-on activity, learners make simple musical instruments ("oboes") out of straws. In a related video, Mr. O and his assistants engineer musical instruments, discovering the...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 8 - 14 5 to 10 minutes

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