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    The Exploratorium
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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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    Science Museum of Minnesota
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    This is a simple activity for learners to create a traditional musical instrument. Pan Pipes have developed all over the world in different cultures, from South America to Greece and China. They...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 6 - adult 45 to 60 minutes
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    WGBH
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    String Thing is an interactive online game in which learners change a virtual string's tension, length, and gauge to create different musical pitches. Educators can use this game as an...

    free Ages 8 - 14 10 to 30 minutes
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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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    Computer Science Unplugged
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    In this activity, learners listen to songs and decode hidden messages based on the same principle as a modem. As a final challenge, learners decode the binary messages in a music video. This is an...

    free Ages 6 - 18 30 to 45 minutes
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    Community Science Workshop Network
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    In this activity, learners build their own sound machines and explore the interplay of motion and sound. This engineering activity introduces learners to automata, rotational motion, cranks and...

    $5 - $10 per student Ages 6 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    Science Museum of Minnesota
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    Build a phonograph record player using a cactus needle, a record, LEGOs gear box, and a piece of paper! This activity uses a Pico Cricket to turn the motor. This is an advanced activity and may...

    $10 - $20 per group Ages 8 - adult 45 to 60 minutes
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    Twin Cities Public Television
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    This activity (page 2 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation into whether hearing or seeing has a bigger effect on jump rope performance. Groups of learners will plan a Double Dutch jump...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 8 - 14 1 to 2 hours
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    Science Museum of Minnesota
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    Make a rattle-like musical instrument! Shake it, hit it, spin it any way you want to! Maracas are instruments used in South America, North America, and Africa, and are usually made with dried...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 4 - 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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