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U-32 Middle and High School Pilot Project Learning Plan (SCIENCE)

PROJECT: title and short description

Science; The study of sound.

1. What questions are you addressing in your study?

-How do sound waves travel? (What more specific question you ask?)---Adrian asks what
does a sound wave look like? Vibrating sound wave or a still wave?
-Whats the connection between sound and physics?
-Whats the relationship between sound waves and sound pressure?
2. Why are you interested in this study?
Ive always wanted to learn more about the science of sound rather than sound itself. I
think that making a Rubens tube will help me fully grasp the relationship between sound,
sound pressure, frequencies, ect. I also believe that this will be a fun way for me to
demonstrate my study in a hands on way.

3. Transferable Skills:
List all skills that apply to your project work:
Transferable Skills

I will have to be creative and think of projects
and experiments I can do to learn more about
I will actively blog about my findings and talk
with my advisors.
I will be able to support my thinking about
phenomena with evidence



I will have to be self motivated to work and

make my own progress.


If I dont work on getting my science credit that

I need for graduation, then nothing will get
done so I will have plenty of self direction.

4. Content Standards: please list all that apply (use your advisor and content area
specialists for help with this!) Add the name of the teachers who will approve of this.




Learn about the energy of sound and sound
I can explain how sound waves work, including
pitch and volume.
I would conduct experiments with sound and
make hypotheses and write down my findings.


I will have to build and construct my

experiments in order to conduct them.

Change, Cause & Effect

The cause and effect music has on people's

mood and mind


7. What activities does this project require you to conduct outside of U-32? (Ex. Interview
experts, participate in a work-site visit, collect survey data, collect scientific data)

I have to watch videos about the construction of a Rubens tube, consult with science
teachers, collect information and details from the internet, build the rubens tube, collect
data of my Rubens tube once complete. Also I can do smaller projects such as write ups
and sound recording leading up to the rubens tube. The software I use ableton I can use to
record different pitches and sounds and then after manipulate them using my tools relating
to science such as reverb and Lo Filter and Hi filters.
Which methods of information gathering do you plan on using? (Check all that apply)
X Interviewing
o Internship
X Observing, documenting, and/or surveying
o Video or audio-taping
X Gathering and reviewing published information (reading)
X Searching online and electronic databases
X Creating a symbolic representation (g/g/, model building, map making)
o Discussion
o Experimentation
X Writing, and reflecting
o Other_________________________________________________________
8. How will you apply the knowledge that you have gained? What will you produce to
document your work? (Ex. design a product, organizing an event, produce a CD, create a portfolio)
I will physically make the Rubens tube which will answer my questions along with
blogging about my findings, troubles, and surprises.

9. What will you show to advisors and mentors to show what knowledge and
understanding youve gained by creating this project?
I will display my findings online in my blog and I will have data collected.
10. What experts would be relevant to your work? Who can best address questions, provide
feedback, etc.? 5. Where in the real world might one see the problem or question
addressed by the project tackled by an adult at work or in the community? (Ex. Local fish and
game scientists also study species in our local creek.)

11. How will you develop a sense of the real world standards for this type of work?
I can learn more about acoustics and sound recording relating to sound in science. Also my
mentor Matt who actively records lyricists can teach me more about this topic.

12.Whats your plan for connecting to an adult mentor?

I will work with science teachers and music teachers. As well as my mentor Matt.

6. What type of audience might you share your work with? (Ex. Industry experts, community
decision-makers, parents, other staff members, local service clubs, other students)

All my friends and family

13. Make a list of the resources you plan on using in your study. Make sure that you maintain
and update this list as your study progresses.
Physics Classroom (website:
PVC pipe, propane tank, speaker, ruler.
14. Who might help you find and refine your resource list throughout your study?
The internet and my mentor, Matt Bingnotte.
Annotated Bibliography for this study that you hope to earn
credit for, with at least 3 people, four books, and ten internet sources
I plan on using Easy Bib to document all of my findings so I can easily attach it to my blog.