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Take a peek at this interesting video from Sydney Australia, April 2014
The zoftic gentleman makes a clarinet out of a carrot. I think that this activity could be adapted into a phun (a physics teacher term) science activity as well as an engineering project. Students could explore open and closed pipes, sound waves, actually measure the frequency of the sound with the location of the finger holes if a bit of technology is available, try out other vegetables - zucchine squash for instance. This could lead into the students creating a vegetable band - using seeds in bags, gourds, peppers as objects that toot with varying sounds etc. The possibilities are open for exploration and discussion. Be careful with awls and tools (I would not recommend using the techniques demonstrated in the video) but other techniques that are safe could be discovered. Jug bands, straw instruments, and strings often have been used, but this is the first time I thought of using a carrot!
Enjoy. and Please share with us if you do something similar or if you make a carrot instrument with your students.
Music and the science of music are wonderful companions for children of all ages.
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I love the engineering aspect of this project! However, I agree about not using the techniques shown in the video. I was cringing as he used the drill without any protective devices on his hands. However, to encourage students to be creative in designing musical instruments could be a fun and engaging project for any grade science student. This could also help create a great connection to the arts, or for those who follow the STEAM thread. Great video - thanks for sharing!
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Couldn't resist looking to see how much was out there on this topic. Talk about a new meaning for "playing with your food". I found this website, Carrot Musicians http://www.carrotmuseum.co.uk/musical.html. It features various musicians who make music out of carrots and other vegetables. The "Sound Matters" link talks about how the physics of music and the biology of plants can be combined to create musical instruments. Thank you for sharing this. I plan to see what my school's music teacher knows about this topic.
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I keep looking for evidence of gourds growing in my garden so I can take a picture and show. I planted some birdhouse gourds this summer. I originally thought that I would donate them to the art department for projects, but now I am thinking I may use some for making an instrument.
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Just came across this forum. Wow, he is talented. Makes me want to try this out. But using power tools is not my strong suit. What fun the kids would have making their own instruments. Thanks for sharing! BD
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Thanks for sharing. Your comments are so positive.
I had trouble with the site when I clicked on it. I received a message that it is a dead page and to choose an item another way. I obtained a list of html files but none of them had music in them. If you could, would you please guide me a little bit more and help me find the music section associated with this site.
Many thanks, patty
Hmmm....the link works for me. I tried it in Internet Explorer and Chrome. Maybe if you start at www.carrotmuseum.com and then click Musical Instruments from popular pages it will work. If it doesn't send me a message and I will see how I can help you.
It's not all about vegetables, but here is a collection of some resources from the Learning Center that may be a foundation for STEM/STEAM lessons with musical inquiry
Love these ideas!! Thanks for sharing!
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History Wild Carrot Today Nutrition Cultivation Recipes Trivia Links Home Contact
Sorry this page appears to have a dead link.
Please try the site map to view all live pages - Site Map
Interactive Floor Plans are here. Ground Floor
Otherwise select from one of the main pages
I am using Mozilla and this is what I get. Chrome is just another browser.
Try www.carrotmuseum.com then choose Musical Instruments
Aha! A little Aha with many thanks, Margaret. I made it to musical instruments. Thanks.
These are great, Margaret!! Once again thank you and I hope your pointing me int he right direction also opens a path for others to discover the power of carrots.
Great fun topic. This would be a great challenge for students to create their own.
I found another YouTube with this topic:
Here is a how to in another language:
This is the same gentleman with broccoli:
He seems very intent on using lots of veggies. I still think this is a great idea to introduce the concept of sound and how sound waves are generated.
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Do you plant decorative gourds in your garden or only those that are eatable? I wonder how long it takes to grow the white ones that are used for Purple Martin houses. They would make interesting instruments.
According to the foodie website, many veggies make sweet music. I regret that I am not in the classroom to have students try out these ideas for a fruity band.I hope some of the readers of this thread have the opportunity and share what happens in their classrooms with us.
Making musical instruments is a great STEM activity at all levels of learning, AND naturally, wise educators make it a safe activity, too. I hesitated putting the video up but know that his methods of creating carrot flutes would NOT be used in our classrooms. He reminds me of some of the older science guys on TV who went for the WOW factor rather than the safe factor; however, as you noted, it is making instruments and studying sound and waves that are the featured notes on this thread.
What do you think of the other resources available, Beth?
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