Monday, January 2, 2017

Some props are so inexpensive that you can give one to each member of your audience

Don’t believe me? Look at this UNESCO web page on how Simple toys make learning science fun. Arvind Gupta shows how to flatten one end of a plastic straw and make two diagonal scissor cuts to form a double reed. Presto - a magical straw flute!

Watch a 1-1/2 minute YouTube video on the straw flute. Also watch a wonderful 15-1/2-minute TED talk on Turning trash into toys for learning. At 10:05 he makes the flute. For even more you can watch his 1 hour and 10 minute talk from the 2016 Research Scholars Day at IIT on Making Science Fun. (Here the flute is shown at 21:30).

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