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The Gramophone is an early device created to reproduce sound recordings and was invented by a German-born American inventor named Emil Berliner. Learn how you can make your very own gramophone using objects from around your home with this great Spark!Lab activity!

Invent your own thin film artwork ... no paint required!

Recommended Materials:

  • rectangular cardboard strip (18 x 7)
  • cardboard box (shoebox size or larger)
  • a 45 rpm vinyl record (warning: this will get damaged or ruined)
  • tape measure or meter stick
  • sharp nail or sewing needle
  • scissors
  • tape
  • pencil
  • Bic ink pen
  • A parent or adult to assist you

Download the pdf of this activity to learn how to make your very own gramophone!

Want to learn more about recorded sound? Check out these links:

  • http://www.neatscience.com/CardTalk.pdf
  • http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/edhtml/edsndhm.html
  • http://historywired.si.edu/detail.cfm?ID=187
  • http://edison.rutgers.edu/tinfoil.htm

 

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