Spark!Lab Instructables - Invent a Musical Instrument

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 9/4/2020

Spark!Lab is a hands -on invention studio in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Spark!Lab activities communicate that invention is a process, rather than a single “Aha!” moment; provide visitors with opportunities to explore the invention process and their own inventiveness; and demonstrate the central role that invention plays in American history—and today. There are no wrong answers, and you can create an invention using the pieces provided — or create some pieces of your own. Think like an inventor: how does your design solve a problem? Invent a device that can move through a pipe with these virtual materials — or create your own parts and pieces. Using Tinkercad, you can delete, reshape, duplicate, and create new parts.

We want you to invent an instrument using common items found around your house. What type of instrument will you create? How will you make sure that your instrument does not make so much noise that it disturbs other people in your home?