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Scale City: Greetings from Sky-Vue Drive-In

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Greetings from Sky-Vue Drive-In takes students on a tour through the history of drive-in theaters and a visit to one that's still open and thriving in Winchester, Kentucky. Looking at shadows through the drive-in movie projector introduces the relationship of a shadow's size to its distance from the light source.

Scale City | Proportions and Music in the Real World

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In this video—through footage of the calliope aboard the Belle of Louisville, a church pipe organ, and various instruments at a recording studio—students are introduced to the mathematical concept that the length of a musical pipe or a string has a proportional relationship with the sound it produces.  In the accompanying activity, stringed instruments are used to demonstrate the concept presented in the video. This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School Collection.

ZOOM | Pitch: Making Guitars

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Vibrations are the basis for all sound. Controlling the frequency of sound-producing vibrations is the key to creating and playing musical instruments. In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, two cast members demonstrate how to make guitars out of boxes and rubber bands, as well as how the sounds these instruments make can be manipulated.

Mixing Colors | Everyday Learning

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What color do you get when you mix blue and yellow? Children learn about mixing two colors to create a new color in this original animated video from KET.

ZOOM | Experimenting with a Glass Xylophone

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The cast investigates how the pitch of sound changes when they strike a variety of glasses filled with different amounts and types of liquids in this video segment adapted from ZOOM. When you hit an empty glass with a spoon, both the glass and the air inside it vibrate. You hear these vibrations as sound through the air.

ArtQuest: Science and Art

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MTSU professors Michael Baggarly, Kim Dummons & Jarrod Houghton create a bronze sculpture using science.

Music | What's Good

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Venture into the private studios of music producers Peter Cottontale and Thelonius Martin to see how they work. Music is scientific: sound is produced when something vibrates, and those vibrations are brought to the ear as sound waves. Learn about the science of sound and discover how good vibes can move you and your kids.

For use at home with your children, see our Science of Music and Sound Lesson Plan!

Dance | What's Good

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Harness the science of movement as you learn about the physics of rotation with break-dancers Tori Torsion, B-Girl Eren and B-Boy Evol; make time to dance, twirl, climb, run, jump, or slide with your kids, as these early experiences with forces and motion will ignite their curiosity and provide a foundation for future science study.

For use at home with your children, see our Science of Movement Lesson Plan!

ZOOM | Kid Musician: Mexico's Guitar Town

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Perfecting the frequency at which a guitar vibrates is important to creating pleasant-sounding guitar music. However, for many, including the boy featured in this ZOOM video segment and the others in his "guitar-crazy" town, guitar music goes beyond simple sound vibrations. Follow along as Andres prepares for the citywide guitar competition and describes the practice and passion behind his beautiful musical performance.

Bubble Prints

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In this video, watch as children make bubble prints with water, a straw and paper. Bubble Prints is a hands-on science exploration for young children and their teachers, parents or caregivers.

119 - Blossom and Snappy Learn About Music | Count On It!

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Blossom and Snappy learn about music. They do so by going to a play, meeting with a composer, listening to a gospel choir sing, and going to see the symphony orchestra play.

Light Painting | Full-Time Kid

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Do you have a camera? Then you can learn to paint with light! See all the fun shapes Mya, the Full-Time Kid makes and make some of your own!

Design Squad: Sound

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Learn about the fundamentals of sound as student teams create percussive and stringed instruments for a local band, in this video segment adapted from DESIGN SQUAD—a PBS TV series featuring high school contestants tackling engineering challenges. In the process, the teams learn about the physics of sound and music and then apply this knowledge to the construction of their own instruments. Watch to find out which instruments the band finds worthy of debuting in their next live show.

DIY Sponge Balls | Full-Time Kid

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These simple sponge balls are fun, safe and easy to make! Just grab some sponges, scissors and zip-ties or rubber bands!

DIY Melted Crayon Art | Full-Time Kid

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Recycle old crayons into beautiful art! Use a hair dryer to melt the crayons or leave outside to melt under the sun.

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