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Marvin and Milo

Explore physics the exciting way, by trying out a simple and fun experiment. This month, Electric Slime Don't forget to check back next month for the next edition...

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What you need

2 lolly sticks
A wide elastic band
2 smaller, narrower elastic bands
A straw


  1. Wrap the wide elastic band lengthwise around one of the sticks.
  2. Cut two short pieces of straw and place them in between the stick and elastic band - one about 3cm from each end of the stick.
  3. Place the other stick on top of the pieces of straw.  Hold the ends of both sticks together with the smaller elastic bands.
  4. Then blow!  What happens if you move the straws closer together?

Results & explanation

Blowing through the Loud Lollies makes the elastic band vibrate and create a sound.  Moving the straws closer together shortens the section of the elastic band that can vibrate, raising the pitch of the sound produced.


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