As part of a unit on energy, Connetquot Elementary teacher Melissa Love’s class studied sound and how it is produced by various musical instruments. As a final project, her students designed and built their own instruments. After classroom discussion, students created their instruments at home. Each child later shared his or her new instrument with the class, describing how it was constructed and how it worked, as well as demonstrating the sound it made. “They had a lot of fun while learning a great deal about the behavior of materials and the nature of sound,” said Love.