Hooked On Science – Musical Straw

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• ALWAYS have an adult present.
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• Plastic Drinking Straw
• Scissors
• Pipe Cleaner

STEP 1: Flatten one end of the plastic drinking straw.
STEP 2: Using the scissors cut a triangle into the flattened end of the straw.
STEP 3: Place the cut end of the straw into your month and blow. Provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.
STEP 4: Using the illustration of a sound wave, to the right, under “science background,” develop a model of a sound wave with the pipe cleaner. Identify the different parts of the wave.

Sound is vibrations moving through matter. As you blow into the straw, air moves over the cut end of the straw, causing vibrations, which create sound waves.

Download these instructions here and check the Hooked on Science page for more science experiments.

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