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00:00:31
An introduction to the bee hummer, a simple musical instrument that sounds like a swarm of buzzing bees when you spin it around.

00:06:08
A detailed demonstration of how to make the bee hummer, including a discussion of materials needed, troubleshooting tips if your hummer isn't humming well, and a demonstration of how the instrument should be played.

00:01:27
The science behind this simple musical instrument, including the concepts of sound, vibration, and amplification.

00:00:50
An introduction to making a simple rocket and a rocket launcher, including a demonstration of how the finished model will fly.

00:09:09
A step-by-step demonstration of how to make a simple rocket, including a discussion of materials needed and where to get them.

00:07:13
A step-by-step demonstration of how to make a launcher to send your rocket sky-high, including a discussion of materials needed and where to get them.

00:02:16
The science behind the rocket and rocket launcher in the Bottle Blast Off activity, with troubleshooting tips for how to fine-tune the nose and fins of the rocket for better flight. Also includes tips on how to take the activity further by making a simple inclinometer to measure how far your rocket flies.

00:00:39
An introduction to the cuica (pronounced KWEE-kah), a small friction drum used in Brazil's Carnival parade.

00:06:39
A detailed demonstration of how to make this small friction drum, including a discussion of materials needed and how different kinds of materials make for cuicas that produce different sounds.

00:01:30
The science behind this musical instrument, including the concepts of sound, vibration, resonance, and amplification.