Introduction: Vocal Cords

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Another challenge from the Frankenstein200 Workshop!

How do human vocal cords work to produce sounds like talking and singing? Is it possible to make a machine that talks or sings?

Complete this workshop activity to earn an achievement at Frankenstein.LIFE!

Step 1: Collect These Materials

  1. Two jumbo craft sticks, or large popsicle sticks
  2. One wide rubber band (#64 size)
  3. Two smaller, narrower rubber bands
  4. Regular drinking straw

Step 2: Build the Base

Stretch the thick rubber band lengthwise over one of the popsicle sticks.

Step 3: Add Straw Segments

Fit the straw segments under the stretched rubber band, on top of the popsicle stick, about one inch from either end.

Step 4: Attach the Final Piece

Place the second popsicle stick on top of the other, on the side with the straws. Use the thin rubber bands to secure both ends, wrapping the rubber bands until everything is held in place.

Step 5: Time to Make Some Sound

Bring the assembly to your mouth like a harmonica, and blow air across the stretched rubber band. Adjust the position of the straws to produce different tones.


Did you make your own vocal cords? Then share it with us! We love seeing what people make. All the best ones will be featured in our Showcase.

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