The Science of Sound – with a bang!

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Westside School third grade students recently completed their unit on the science of sound with a bang! They have been studying the physics of sound waves since January, delving into amplitude, frequency, and the composition of waves. Once they were experts on reading and describing sound waves, they began applying those ideas to ears, animals, music, and instruments. After learning about the traditional parts of an orchestra, the students stretched their imaginations and scientific prowess to invent their own, never-before-heard instruments!

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Using recycled materials, every student used a combination of strings, wind, or percussion in their instrument design. As they played, everyone was able to create distinct pitches and volumes, and several of them even composed short songs. They presented their work to the second and fourth grade classes, and gave confident explanations of how their instrument produced sound.