Sound Wave
Light Sound and Waves

Bee Swinger

Enrichment Activity for 5-11 11-14


What you need

  • An ice lolly stick
  • Blu Tack
  • String
  • A thick rubber band
  • Sticky tape
  • Thin card
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Put a blob of Blu Tack at both ends of the lolly stick
  2. Cut a piece of thin card so it fits between the blobs, then tape it to the stick
  3. Tie a piece of string securely next to one of the blobs of Blu Tack
  4. Then stretch the rubber band around the lollystick
  5. Find a clear space and swing your bee swinger about your head
  6. Try cutting the card into difference shapes - can you hear a difference?

Results and Explanation

As the been swinger moves through the air, the rubber band starts to vibrate. The card amplifies the sound so that you can hear it.

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