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An engineering design challenge teaches students about sound.
This article is packed with lots of ideas on how to teach about sound vibrations. The students learn about how sounds are created and transmitted and how the sound can change depending on the position of the instrument. I think this a great activity to do with students because not only do they get to hear the different pitches instruments make but they can also feel the different vibrations instruments can make. Students always learn more when it is a hands on activity vs. just reading about a topic.
Laura Tun (Silver Sprin, MD)
This article starts out with some of the traditional ways of teaching students about sounds (tuning forks and can phones) and then takes the unit to a higher level by dong an engineering challenge. Students are challenged to make instruments for a band whose instruments were damaged in transport. The students were gives lots of materials to create an instrument and came up with some amazing things!!
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)
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