Sensory Science Part Three: Hearing

Common Sense?

Most of us are familiar with our basic 5 Senses – vision, smell, touch, taste, and hearing. All of our senses give us information about the world around us. The following experiment uses our sense of hearing.

Note: Not all science activities are suitable for all learners. Use your best judgement when participating in any STEAM activity. Get a grown up’s permission and help before beginning any activity.

Hearing: Pump Up the Volume!

You will need:

  • cell phone or tablet
  • various household objects

Can you find a way amplify the sound on your phone or device with household objects? If you play music on a phone or device in a room the sound can get “lost.” Is there a way to amplify it using things you’d find around the house? Test several devices and record your observations.

Note: Use devices with a grown up’s permission. Only use objects that will not damage a device or change it permanently.

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Natalie Bota

Miss Natalie is the Special Needs Librarian at Westlake Porter Public Library. She enjoys working with patrons of all ages and can usually be found in the Youth Services Department or the Reading Garden. She enjoys reading picture books and poetry, baseball, writing, cooking, and travel. She loves spending time with her pets, family, and friends.