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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Make Science Fun with the Trendy BOSEBuild Kits

As a Mom and an Engineer, I am excited about today's post because one of the trendiest brands now has STEM kits!  BOSE now offers BOSEBuilds kits that allow children to build their own Bluetooth Headphones or Speaker Cubes while also learning about sound waves, microphones, hearing and sound perception, healthy listening, and more.  Personally, we had a Family STEM Night where we bonded over these kits that made learning fun. I was impressed with the entire experience. The designers must be perfectionists because they paid close attention to detail on both the high quality physical products and created extremely engaging experiences. Let me share some highlights.

We began our journey into the science behind sound with the Bose Speaker and accompanying app.  We started by pairing the speaker controller with our iOS device over bluetooth. It was successful on the first try.

The app walked us through a series of fun lessons to help demonstrate how speakers turn electric signals into sound.  

We began with a crowd pleasing coil launch where the app sent an electric signal to a copper coil sitting on a magnet to make the coil jump.  This helped us understand the electro-magnetic field that speakers control.

I won't spoil it for you, but here is one sample screenshot.

Here is one more sample screenshot.

After the dramatic coil launch, we took more fine-grained control over the electro-magnetic filed controlled by the coil. The app let us control the frequency and power of the signal sent to the coil.  We gained an appreciation for how frequency controlled the speed of the coil shaking on against the magnet and how power controlled the coil shaking intensity.  This set the stage for later understanding the difference between volume and pitch.

With the foundations in place, we moved onto some more fun with understanding how signals become music.

The informative video described how different signals overlap to create different notes and the rich sound that comes from an entire band playing together.

We moved on from a simple coil and magnet to building our own Bose speaker.  We connected the Bose speaker to the controller in place of the coil to make some serious sound.

The sound sweeper helped us isolate different frequencies in several songs to appreciate the range available to us with a great sounding Bose speaker.

We went from isolating frequencies to learning about how equalizers balance the levels of each frequency band to make the songs sound even better.  After playing with the equalizer it made us realize how hard it can be to get the best sound on our own.  The next step in the app turned on the Bose equalizer to automatically tuned the sound.  It was such a big difference that we had to remark on how hard the Bose engineers must have worked.  

After dropping some science on us, we were treated to some great customization options while listening to our favorite tunes.  We had several options for stencils to pop into the speaker box walls, as well as a huge range of colors to light up the box LEDs.

I hope that this glimpse into a few highlights from our experience encourages you to try one of the BOSEBuilds kits with your children.  As a Mom and an Engineer, I think that STEM is an important area and that experiences like working with the BOSEBuilds kits are a great way to engage children.  Learn more by visiting the BOSEBuilds website here.

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