Building a Guitar

For the Light, Sound, & Time class, GCE Juniors investigated the following guiding question:

Who says you need to buy a guitar?

Here’s the scenario students were challenged with:

The Landfill Harmonic has just arrived in Chicago for a one-week stay, and they only have two days before their first concert. Unfortunately, their entire string section lost their luggage at O’Hare airport, so instead of being able to visit families and schools and do workshops in Chicago, they are going to be stuck building new instruments – unless you can help. 

Click on the audio tracks to listen to the students’ diddley-bows.

National Standards: Project Alignment with Common Core Standards & NextGen Standards:

HS-PS4-1. Use mathematical representations to support a claim regarding relationships among the frequency, wavelength, and speed of waves traveling in various media.

WHST.11-12.8 Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the specific task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.

HSA-SSE.A.1 Interpret expressions that represent a quantity in terms of its context.

HSA-SSE.B.3 Choose and produce an equivalent form of an expression to reveal and explain properties of the quantity represented by the expression.

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