Science Fun

Bug On A Leash

 

Materials:

  • A piece of string
  • Stapler
  • Index card
  • #64 sized rubber band
  • 2 – pencil erasers
  • Hole puncher
  • Popsicle stick

Instructions:

  1. Use the hole puncher and make a hole in one end of the popsicle stick.
  2. Put the string through the hole and tie it securely. Use the stapler to attach the string to the popsicle stick to prevent it from coming off.
  3. Center the short side of the index card on the popsicle stick. Use three staples to attach the index card to the popsicle stick.
  4. Place a pencil eraser on each end of the popsicle stick.
  5. Stretch the rubber band across the popsicle stick so it is wrapped around each pencil eraser.
  6. Make sure you have a clear area to spin your bug on a leash.
  7. Slowly spin your bug on a leash until you hear a buzzing sound. You may need to adjust the speed your are spinning to get your bug on a leash to start buzzing. 

 

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How it Works:

The rubber band and index cards vibrate to produce a buzzing sound similar to that made by insect wings.  

Make This A Science Project:

What happens if you use a different sized stick? What happens if you use a larger index card or piece of paper? What happens if you use a longer or shorter piece of string? 

 

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