Nature Works Everywhere
Recording the Rainforest
Animals have evolved to communicate in different frequencies so they can hear each other throughout the rainforest. The first lesson plan in a three-part series begins by exploring an interactive story map online about the Borneo...
Send a signal to let others know one's location. Scholars investigate how scientists track the movement of marine wildlife. They model the process by creating a custom sound that can be used to identify each group member as they walk by.
Arts and Engineering Activity Packet: Grades 3-5
Art and science sometimes go hand in hand. A set of four activities for learners in grades 3-5 teaches engineering concepts as part of art projects. Class members build homemade robots, elastic puppets, musical instruments, and...
Design of Music Instruments for a Rock Band
Can you create a rock band? Scholars learn about the creation and transmission of sound in a hands-on STEM activity. First, they explore the transmission of sound using a tuning fork. Then, they must solve the problem of missing...
Sound Absorption Wall
What types of materials absorb sound? Learners explore sound waves, the decibel scale, and how different materials affect sound. Then, they use their knowledge of sound meters to complete a STEM engineering design task to build...
Investigate sound waves with acoustic mirrors. Using audio software, groups make recordings of musical instruments, both with and without acoustic mirrors. They compare the recordings to see the effect of acoustic mirrors on sound waves.
Tech Museum of Innovation
What noise is coming from that box? Teams design and build a device that hears a noise from inside a box. Groups must complete the task within a time limit and use the STEM design process. Participants must be able to hear the sound well...
IOP Institute of Physics
Physics in Concert
What do physicists and musicians have in common? A lot more than you might think. After first viewing a slide show presentation and completing a series of skills practice worksheets on the physics of light, sound, and electricity, young...
The Halls are Alive with the Sound of Music
Students discuss physical places in which had good or bad acoustics. After reading an article, they discover the relationship between the physics of sound and concert hall acoustics. They calculate the speed of sound and compare their...
Students explore musical instruments and the pitches and tones they make. In this acoustical science lesson, students create their own string instruments and explore how pitch is altered.
Sound Wave Reflection
Students explore sound waves. In this sound wave lesson, students determine the path traveled by sound waves in an acoustic room. Students consider how sound travels and reflects, then they calculate the rate sound travels at.
A Change of Scene
Students evaluate their school's theater space. They study about the renovations to the University of Michigan's Hill Auditorium by reading and discussing the article "Michigan's Gem of an Auditorium Glitters Again." They then determine...
To Absorb or Reflect...That is the Question
Young scholars learn how different objects absorb and reflect sound. In this sound lesson plan, students actively listen to a lecture on sound absorption and sound reflection.
In this acoustics worksheet, students use a chart of the speed of sound through different materials to determine which materials should be used to build certain building types. Students complete 2 short answer questions.
Acoustics and You: Learning About the Science of Sound
In this sound worksheet, students engage in six different activities that familiarize them with terms related to sound. Activities include word search, word scramble, crossword puzzle, matching and maze.
Discovering the Mathematics of Sound
Young scholars study the basic skills of algebraic manipulations. They practice the application of basic mathematics in science and determine the nature of good acoustics. They develop proposals for providing good acoustics and...
The Wind-Up and the Pitch
Young scholars consider how sound affects one's experience at a ballpark and the ways that the acoustics at a baseball stadium might be improved. Students then recommend their own designs for a "soundly built" baseball stadium.
Good Vibrations: Sound, Acoustics, Science, Sports Arenas, Olympics
Students perform a series of tasks that integrate hands-on inquiry-based activities with the Internet to explore sound and acoustics. They develop an acoustics Web page to show what they have learned.