Super Short Straw Projects: Pan pipes

Not sure how you can “fit” makerspace into your already-overloaded schedule? One of the questions educators often ask me is how they can possibly have time for projects in a 20, 30, or 40 minute time block.

This month I explore super-quick projects that all use drinking straws, and maybe paper and tape. That means less time gathering materials, too!

The first interesting activity I saw for straws was this post about making pan pipes. I have to be honest: I didn’t think it would work. But I knew it would only take a few minutes to find out… and they do! They make a pleasing, soft melody, so even if you have 30 students blowing pipes, it won’t send you running from the room.

Take it further by seeing what other objects they can use to blow music, or how high or low of a pitch they can create.