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    This activity provides step-by-step instructions on how to build a rain stick, a musical instrument originating in South America. With a cardboard tube, some nails, and a handful of uncooked beans...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 6 - 11 10 to 30 minutes
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    In this activity, you'll use a straw, a water bottle and a paper tube to make an instrument that's very much like a saxophone. The activity, which teaches students about sound, vibration,...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 8 - 14 10 to 30 minutes
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    With a bit of PVC, a laser, a can/cup, and a small mirror, you can make a device that visualizes you voice or any sound transmitted into the cup/can. Make beautiful patterns on a white wall as you...

    free Ages 8 - adult 10 to 30 minutes
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    In this group activity, learners see and hear the speed of sound. A learner designated the "gonger" hits a gong, once every second, as the rest of the group watches and listens from a...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 11 - 18 10 to 30 minutes
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    In this activity, learners investigate sound and vibration by making a "bee hummer"--a toy that sounds like a swarm of buzzing bees when you spin it around. The activity includes three...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 8 - 14 10 to 30 minutes
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    Rainsticks, filled with pebbles and seeds, create sounds that mimic falling rain. Instead of buying a pre-made one, how about building your own with material you can find around your house!

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 6 - 14 10 to 30 minutes
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    With a straw, two craft sticks, and some rubber bands, construct a noisemaker called a Sound Sandwich and explore how vibration produces sound. Instructions for the activity can be downloaded from...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 8 - 14 10 to 30 minutes
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    In this activity, you'll use a paper cup, a piece of cloth, and some string to make a musical instrument called a cuica (pronounced KWEE-kah). Cuicas are 'friction drums' of African...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 8 - 14 10 to 30 minutes

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