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STEAM Wave Machine

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This great STEAM experiment will allow you to build your own wave machine!
  • Step 1 Cut a piece of duct tape 84cm long. Allow 2cm on each end to fold in half so you have something to hold onto when experimenting with your wave machine.
  • Step 2 Measure the length of your skewers to find the exact centre. Using a pencil, mark 24mm from the centre of the skewer on both sides of the mark. This will result in the marks being the same width as the duct tape. Centre the marks of the skewers within the duct tape and press them down on the sticky side. The space between each skewer should be 5cm.
  • Step 3 Use coloured Amazing Maize pieces to place on both ends of each skewer. Find a friend to hold one end, while you hold the other and gently tap the end skewer and watch the wave appear!

Materials used in this activity

Wooden Skewers
Optional
Product Code: 10014 Pack of 100
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Amazing Maize Refill Pack
Optional
Product Code: 10844 Assorted
EACH $16.49 (inc GST) $14.99 (ex GST)
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Student Scissors
Optional
Product Code: 10897 Pack of 20
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Plastic Ruler
Optional
Product Code: 12295 30cm
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Duct Tape
Optional
Product Code: 17768 48mm x 30m
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