CVMS students recycle and make music

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Students in Canfield Village Middle School fifth-grade science teacher Valerie Weingart’s class made musical instruments with recycled materials a part of the Sound Energy unit.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Peggy Flynn of the Mahoning Valley Green Team (back) visited fifth-grade students in Valerie Weingart’s science class to view the recycled materials musical instruments they made on April 17.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

Canfield Village Middle School fifth-grade students in Valerie Weingart’s science class showed off both their recycling skills and musical skills in a recent assignment. The students were tasked with making a musical instrument out of recycled materials which was also capable of playing three or more pitches.

“The students used recycled materials from home to create a musical instrument that could play three or more pitches. They used tissue boxes, rubber bands, plastic bottles and bottle caps to create such instruments as guitars, horns and wind chimes,” Weingart said.

The project was part of the Sound Energy unit the students are studying.

“This extra credit opportunity is a part of the Sound Energy unit we are working on right now. We are learning how to target pitches and how to change pitches at least three times. The recycling part was an added bonus to the project and an opportunity for the students to learn more about recycling,” Weingart said.

Weingart invited Peggy Flynn of the Mahoning Valley Green Team to view the students’ recycled musical instruments on April 17.

“I really appreciate this. It’s really cool. You know the Green Team likes to reuse and this is a great example of that,” Flynn told the students.

Flynn walked around the room and inspected all the instruments, asking the students to demo their instruments and even played a few herself. She thanked the students for their hard work and contribution to recycling.

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