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Integrating Science with Design & Invention: Music Waves & Vibes

  • October 13, 2017
  • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, 12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97219


  • PDU Certificate and 1-year OSTA membership activation or renewal included.

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This workshop is by application only. Click here to apply.

What is sound? Why does the sound from a guitar or saxophone sound “musical”, and why does a guitar sound different from a ukulele or a violin? To find out, students engage in a number of activities to explore the properties of sound waves, vibrating strings, and resonators. A structured scientific inquiry of strings under tension using using a phone app lets students generate their own engineering data for designing a stringed instrument. The student teams then design and build their own stringed instruments mapped onto a specific frequency scale, and taking into account the role of harmonics and resonances that give musical sound its pleasant  richness.

This workshop is sponsored by the PSU College of Engineering/MESA and the Lemelson Foundation. Participating teachers will receive a set of integrated curriculum materials (slides, worksheets, resources) and a full set of matching classroom supplies to support teaching the module, and an opportunity to join a cohort of supportive colleagues.

Presenters are Mihir Ravel, Cary Sneider and Jennifer Wells, research faculty at Portland State University.

3 Professional Development Units to be provided upon completion.

This event is open to everyone, OSTA Member or not.

However, we respectfully request that if you are, or have been, an OSTA member, that you log in to the website before registering for this event. 

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Paying by check?

Complete the online registration and click on the "invoice me button."  Print the invoice that will be e-mailed to you. Make your check payable to OSTA. Mail the printed invoice with your check to the Conference Registrar at the following address:

OSTA Registrar

4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, #1025

Portland, OR 97214-5246

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  • Each individual completes the online registration and clicks on the "invoice me" button.
  • Print the invoice that will be emailed.
  • Submit the invoice(s) to your district for payment

To districts sending teachers or groups of teachers:

  • Gather all invoices from individual registrants.
  • Include with your payment each registrant name along with their invoice number.
  • Send your payment to OSTA Registrar at the address above.
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Refund/Cancellation Policy:  Refund requests must be in writing and must be postmarked/timestamped 10 days before the event. Registration cancellations are subject to a $20 processing fee.  Send any requests to the registrar at, or to the address above.


4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, #1025
Portland, Oregon

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