Sound All Around - DuPage Children's Museum | STEM Labs

Mess Fest | Saturday, June 22 | 9–2

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Sound All Around

Students will conduct observations and hands-on experiments, including making a musical instrument, to explore the properties of sound.


Student Challenge:

Make observations of the properties of sound by engaging with various materials, including a classroom demonstration of a dancing laser light show. Use those observations to investigate how to make a simple musical instrument with everyday materials.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Make observations of a dancing laser to explain the relationship between sound and vibration.
  • Conduct an investigation of a simple musical instrument to determine what causes different sounds.


NGSS Connections:

Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI) – PS4: Waves and their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

Science & Engineering Practices (SEP) – Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Crosscutting Concepts (CCC) – Cause & Effect


Cross-Curricular Connections:

  • Common Core Math – MP.3: Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others 
  • Common Core ELA – SL.1B: Build on others’ talk in conversations by linking their comments to the remarks of others
  • Music – MU:Cr.1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work
  • Social Emotional Learning – 2A: Recognize the feelings and perspectives of others / 2C:Use communication and social skills to interact effectively with others



DCM Educators will bring out the Dancing Laser Demo, which contains a speaker and an everyday laser light. Additionally, each student will receive a Sound Lab kit, which contains materials for a soundwave observation and to make a Sound Sandwich musical instrument.


More Information


1 session, 60 minutes



Grades 1 – 4: In-person or Virtual


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Cost per Classroom (up to 30 students)

  • At DCM* – $250
  • In Your Classroom – $350
    (additional cost for schools greater than 20 miles from DCM)

* Include a Field Trip with your Arts & STEM with DCM Lab!
An additional $9.50 per student


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