J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote, "Not all those who wander are lost."
A wall in my classroom was painted by my student, a talented graffiti artist.
The wall has the word "Think" sprawled across, with the Tolkien quote tucked in the corner. This wall is an ode to our students' opportunity to think freely. Our school is part of the District Reference Group H, which is the second lowest socioeconomic level a school can be placed in.
As a fifth-year, eighth-grade science teacher, I have already experienced the lack of funding our science program receives. The activities that we complete, both in and out of the classroom, are greatly restricted by the socioeconomic makeup of our student body, as well as the absence of a budget for laboratory supplies.
The students in our school come from very diverse backgrounds and cultures and often do not have the resources that allow them to succeed at higher levels. Many of the students are disengaged, with attendance of less than 85%, but are often discouraged by the connections made at school. Despite this, they are very willing to work in school and take the opportunity to utilize the limited resources that are available.
What better experience is there to learn about how sound is produced than by building a speaker? I want to give my students the opportunity to learn about waves, energy, and sound through a real-world application. The BOSEbuild kits address all of these topics and more through a series of engaging and hands-on activities. Unlike other lab activities I have previously used, these speaker box kits work every time and are accessible to any student.
These BOSEbuild speaker kits are a great way for students to get exposure to a STEM field.
Students learn how the speaker's electronics and technology work. What I am most excited about is building upon the activities that accompany the BOSEbuild kit. Students will showcase their understanding of sound production knowledge in a speaker engineering challenge. In this challenge, students will design an amplifier. They will choose their own materials and manipulate the shapes of the materials to increase sound production. They will be able to test their design using the BOSEbuild speaker cubes.
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