Science of sound explored by Nazareth Academy students

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

Nov. 11, 2015 at 11:06 p.m.
Updated Nov. 12, 2015 at 6 a.m.

Tayna Wilkinson with the Children's Discovery Museum leads students at Nazareth Academy as they learn about sounds.

Tayna Wilkinson with the Children's Discovery Museum leads students at Nazareth Academy as they learn about sounds.   Frank Tilley for The Victoria Advocate

Evan Milam, a first-grade student at Nazareth Academy, carefully applied glue to dry pieces of macaroni to paper.

Each piece of macaroni, depending on its shape and arrangement, represented a different sound.

"It's boom, slide, crack," said Evan, 7. "I made up the sound in my mind so people can dance."

Evan, along with other first-grade students in his class, took part in a Science of Sound workshop hosted by the Children's Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent.

Tanya Wilkinson, education coordinator for the Children's Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent, read a story about an African acoustic engineer with help from students who stepped up to read short biographies for each character.

Students acted as the chorus of the story and provided sound effects for the story about the preservation of elephants. After the reading, Wilkinson passed out pieces of macaroni and asked students to assign different sounds to three types of pieces.

"What does everyone think this should be?" Wilkinson asked. "OK, this can be boom."

Students arranged the different macaroni pieces on paper to form their own rhythms.

While the Children's Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent works to raise money for the completion of its new building, mobile exhibits and programs have been offered in classrooms across the area.

The Science of Sound session is part of the museum's Engineering is Elementary program for first- through fifth-grade students funded by Kinder Morgan, along with Designing Bridges and Engineering Solar Ovens.

The grant allows 16 sessions free of charge to Title 1 schools in the 11-county region the museum serves, according to the museum's website.

"It's been great," said Evan, who said he hopes to either become a scientist or police officer after graduating.

Alanah Volkmer, a first-grade teacher at Nazareth Academy said she enjoyed watching her students engaged in the program.

"The students are truly engaged overall in the whole activity," Volkmer said.


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