Vegetables can make remarkable musical instruments. Students are challenged to make instruments and explore the science of sound. It gives students a chance to tackle a creative acoustic engineering problem of how to work with imperfect materials. It can also be the starting point for exploring how sound is made, resonance and analysis of sound waves.

There are some instructions on the following pages in a roughly ascending order of difficulty. But there are many other instruments that could be made. On the final page you’ll find more about the Growing Sounds project and some teaching resources.

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