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    Make your own speaker with a magnet, wire, and paper cup! If you have a radio with a headphone plug and an old pair of headphones, this is a great tinkering activity.

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 8 - adult 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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    Make a cuíca (“kwee-ka”), a traditional Brazilian musical instrument that originated in Africa. Played primarily in Brazil, now you can play it at home, too, with this Exploratorium produced activity.

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 6 - adult 10 to 30 minutes
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    Cardboard Automata are a playful way to explore simple machine elements while creating a mechanical sculpture. This activity was inspired by the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, a group of automata...

    $5 - $10 per student Ages 8 - adult 1 to 2 hours
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    In this activity, learners create and experiment with wind tubes. These tubes are a playful and inventive way to explore the effect that moving air has on objects. Construction uses everyday...

    Over $20 per group Ages 4 - adult 1 to 2 hours
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    In this seismic simulation, learners play a "who-dunnit" game to explore earthquakes. Learners act as the source, carriers, and detectors of earthquake waves, while the group determines...

    free Ages 11 - adult 1 to 2 hours
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    Learn how to construct a light box by following simple figures and instructions. This guide includes tips on how to assemble a light box; related activities are featured in separate resources....

    $10 - $20 per student Ages 8 - adult 45 to 60 minutes
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    In this activity, learners explore electronics and motion by making a Scribbling Machine, a motorized contraption that moves in unusual ways and leaves a mark to trace its path. It’s made from...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 11 - adult 1 to 2 hours
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    In this activity, learners will build a ball run contraption. Marble Machines are made from familiar materials, designed to send a rolling marble through tubes and funnels, across tracks and...

    Over $20 per group Ages 8 - adult 30 to 45 minutes