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Sound Teacher's Pack

48 page science books and materials in multiples of 6, 12 or 24 sets per box
The highly visual, step-by-step instructions enable students to work independently.

Author: Penny Norman, Ph.D.
Editor: Ann Einstein

Major Awards

    Design funded by the
National Science Foundation
   Scientific American's
Young Readers' Book Award
   National Parenting Magazine
Award, the GOLD
   Creative Child Magazine Award
This kit explores Sound and Sound vibrations and culminates in the building of an Edison Style Phonograph, a doable engineering project for sound. With this phonograph students are able to mechanically record and playback their own voices. Step-by-step, highly visual instructions and the use and manipulation of everyday materials clarify the concepts of sound vibrations and sound waves.

Using this kit students

experiment with sound vibrations
explore how and IF sound travels through: solids, liquids, gases or a vacuum
model longitudinal waves with a slinky (slinkies included)
visualize sound vibrations and voice prints on your desktop, tablet or smart phone
learn about ears, hearing and sound vibrations
bounce, absorb, re-direct, focus, echo and amplify sounds with varying surface textures and shapes
play with the loudness of sound and relate it to the amplitude of a wave
use a digital decibel meter to measure the volume of a shout, a whisper, a conversation, a passing vehicle (an engineering approach requires measurement and quantitation)
make musical instruments with water glasses and rubber band guitars
visualize pitch as a frequency using downloaded digitally based frequency generators (the coupling of a pitch to a frequency visually makes this concept accessible to young students)
test hearing with internet based audiometers (on desktops, tablets, smart phones)
learn about the hearing and use of sounds by other species (fish, bats, whales, dolphins, etc)
use home made and internet based devices to hear and understand common sounds from a heart beat to the annoying pitch of a mosquito in terms of hertz
construct an Edison style phonograph to record and playback sounds mechanically
vary and manipulate phonograph components/parameters to explore what affects the quality of the recordings
go to the internet to listen to the first sounds EVER recorded
use the speed of sound to locate a lightning strike
listen to a sonic bomb and watch the sound barrier videos
spin a sound tube to observe the Doppler shift directly and explore the topic further through the internet
These projects build a foundation for understanding sound vibrations and longitudinal waves. Be sure that students discover the fascinating uses of sound including the floatation of objects, the visualization with sonar and ultrasound, and the mixing of fluids without a spoon!
Item #9903   list price $30 USD Per Student
Direct to Teachers NSTA Special   12 Pack HALF OFF SALE (Available only during the National NSTA Convention, 2016)

Requires 3 AA-cell batteries per Edison Phonograph

The online teacher lesson plans coordinate the ScienceWiz Sound projects with web-based materials.
These include animations, videos, interactives and assessment materials.

Supplemental internet materials allow students to progress at their own pace and to their own level of interest and detail.
The web contents are periodically updated by scientists and educators.

These Teacher’s Packs are designed so that students have their own readers and materials. Extensions to the primary projects are feasible as there are sufficient supplies for all. This Pack makes use of a few consumables, such as balloons and aluminum adhesive tape which can be purchased at local stores. Replacement parts can be purchased on this website or by contacting ScienceWiz™.

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