Engineering 3D Printed Instruments
iBlock Objective:

The sound an instrument produces has a lot to do with the materials that it’s made of. An instrument made of wood has a very different sound than one made of brass. What about a plastic instrument? In this iBlock, students will investigate the science of sound, how instruments produce sound, and the difference materials can make in producing that sound. In addition, students will explore the anatomy of particular instruments, and become familiar with the foundations of music composition and 3D design.

  • Grade Band: 6-8
  • Primary Focus: Musical Instruments, Sound Engineering
  • Secondary Focus: Music
  • Additional Foci: Advanced Literacy, Transferable Skills, Social-Emotional Learning
  • Possible Suggested Technologies: 3D Printers, Makey Makey
  • Related Industry Sectors: Scientific Research & Engineering; Manufacturing & Product Development; Arts, A/V Technology & Communication


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Generate and compare multiple solutions that use patterns to transfer information. (4-PS4-3)