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Glaciologist and Ice Stories correspondent Nadine Quintana Krupinski gives us a brief tour of her deep field camp on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. An introduction to the bee hummer, a simple musical instrument that sounds like a swarm of buzzing bees when you spin it around. 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. The science behind this simple musical instrument, including the concepts of sound, vibration, and amplification. An introduction to making a simple rocket and a rocket launcher, including a demonstration of how the finished model will fly. A step-by-step demonstration of how to make a simple rocket, including a discussion of materials needed and where to get them. 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. 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.
An introduction to the cuica (pronounced KWEE-kah), a small friction drum used in Brazil's Carnival parade. 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.