Grade level: 3rd to 5th; Type: Physics
This project explores making music using glasses of water.
- Can you make music by using just any type of glass?
- Which set of glasses work the best?
- Which striking tool works the best and on which type of glass?
- Is there a noticeable difference in sound between the different levels of water?
- Is it possible to play a simple song using the glasses of water?
- Six (6) regular drinking glasses.
- Six (6) wine glasses
- Six (6) mason jars
- One (1) metal spoon
- One (1) popsicle stick
- Fill each set of six glasses with incrementally increasing amounts of water.
- Ask three different students (one at a time) to lightly strike/rub the rims of the glass with his/her finger.
- Ask three more students (one at a time) to lightly strike/rub the rim of the glasses, with the spoon.
- Again, ask three more students (one at a time) to lightly strike/rub the rim of the glasses with the popsicle stick.
- Record all your observations by answering the Research Questions.
Terms/Concepts: pitch, music, chime, sound
Science Kids – Experiments for Kids (2011) http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments/makemusic.html
Chevron Cars (2002/2011) http://www.chevroncars.com/learn/fun-games/music-glasses