In this video, produced by the National STEM Centre and the Institute of Physics, Alom Shaha describes a simple but effective wave machine. Aimed at teachers, this video explains how to make the wave machine using adhesive tape, jelly babies and wooden skewers. He explains how it can be used to illustrate transverse wave motion in a visual and engaging manner.
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DIY Wave Machine
Posted by katie_jordan on 23rd October 2011
Activity time: 30minutes …
Activity time: 30minutes
Level / prior knowledge: KS4 level. Prior knowledge of waves and terminology necessary
Subject / curriculum links / skills: KS4 Physics
Preparation time: 20minutes
Extra resources: Kebab sticks, Jelly babies, duct tape
I had seen this done previously but was never confident to use it in my own teaching. The video not only gives clear and concise instructions for building and using the wave machine but it provides a good deal of detail about what is being shown and how it works which gave me the confidence to try it in my own lesson.
I kept the video on my computer in case my own didn’t work, but I didn’t need it as the instructions are so clear and the detail of the video provided me with the understanding to explain it clearly myself. Both the pupils and I enjoyed the lesson much more than if I had just shown them a video.
The notes that come with it are also very useful. A great resource for non specialists and specialists alike to support new activities in the classroom.
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Resource by: National STEM Centre