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Bee Buzzer

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Consider this:

Bees can flap their wings over 200 beats per second. This fast wing beat causes the air around the bee to vibrate and we hear that as a buzzing sound. The buzzing can be used as communication with each other and it gets a little louder when a bee is agitated.

  • (1) playing card (use one of the extra cards that come with the deck)
  • (1) popsicle stick
  • Stapler
  • (2) feet of string
  • (2) pencil erasers
  • (1) rubber band (size #33 or similar 3 ½“ X 1/8”)
  • Fold the card lengthwise over a popsicle stick and attach it in the center with two staples.
  • Tie the string to one end of the popsicle stick next to the card.
  • Put one eraser on each end of the popsicle stick.
  • Put the rubber band around the popsicle stick from one eraser to the other. Make sure there is no twist in the rubber band.
  • Hold the end of the string and twirl the bee buzzer over your head like a lasso fast enough to make it buzz.
  • Play around with different size rubber bands and see if the sound changes.
  • Does the sound change the faster you go? Why?

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