GH Students Visit the MakerSpace to Create Recycled Musical Instruments

Students at Glen Head School in Mrs. Weinberg’s class spent time in the MakerSpace during the last week of September 2019 with Ms. Adrien Kaye to use their engineering skills to create recycled musical instruments.

Ms. Kaye challenged her students with the following task: How can we use recycled materials to design and create musical instruments for our upcoming S.T.E.A.M. parade?

She explained to her students that your S.T.E.A.M. instruments must fulfill the following criteria:

  • be made out of 10 materials or less
  • be made from mostly recycled materials
  • be played by hand (no blowing)
  • be able to be carried in the parade

After hearing the guidelines and seeing some examples of recycled musical instruments that Ms. Kaye had made, the students quickly went to work! They were able to choose from a number of recycled resources from class including plastic bottles, tin cans, rubber bands, paper clips, bottle caps, string, pipe cleaners, plastic containers, and egg cartons – just to name a few! Additionally, they were able to bring some recycled materials from home too!
Stay tuned for more as the Glen Head children participate in a parade around the hallways of the school led by Ms. Kaye and their respective teachers playing their recycled, musical instruments for all of their peers to see! 
Article and photos by Shelly Newman with expertise from S.T.E.A.M. teacher, Ms. Adrien Kaye