Musical Instrument Museum STEM exhibit


TED SIMONS: ART AND SCIENCE CAN COLLIDE IN A NUMBER OF FASCINATING WAYS. PRODUCER DANIELLE MALKIN AND PHOTOGRAPHER SAMUEL MENA SHOW US HOW MOLECULES AND MELODIES COME TOGETHER.

DANIELLE MALKIN: AT THE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM, SILENCE AND ART ARE NOT TOO FAR APART.
VIDEO: SOUND WAVES MOVE THROUGH THE OUTER EAR AND MOVE THROUGH THE EAR CANAL AND CAUSE A THIN MEMBRANE, THE EARDRUM, TO VIBRATE.
APRIL SALOMON: WE ARE HERE TO SERVE THE WORLD COMMUNITY, AND THROUGH MUSIC, WHICH IS A LANGUAGE, AS YOU KNOW, THAT'S COMMON TO US ALL, THERE IS SOMETHING HERE FOR EVERYONE.

DANIELLE MALKIN: AND FOR GUESTS LOOKING TO LISTEN AND LEARN, THE STEM GALLERY HITS ALL OF THE RIGHT NOTES. THE GALLERY FOCUSES ON SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH AND USES MUSIC TO FORGE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE ARTS AND SCIENCE.

APRIL SALOMON: I'M NOT A SCIENTIST, SO JUST THE FACT THAT WE HAVE REALLY BEEN ABLE TO FOCUS ON THE SCIENCE OF MUSIC, EVERYONE CAN APPRECIATE HOW A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT SOUNDS, BUT IT'S LESS LIKELY THAT THEY THINK ABOUT HOW THAT SOUND IS PRODUCED.

DANIELLE MALKIN: THE GALLERY BREAKS MUSIC DOWN TO MERE MOLECULES AND THE JOURNEY THEY TAKE, AND THEY DO IT WITH LITTLE MORE THAN CHARTS AND WORDS. ♪
BRIAN DREDLA: IN THE SPACE IS A HEARING SAFETY MANNEQUIN NAMED BLAINE, SHE IS WEARING A FUNKY HEADSETS. GIVING A VISUAL FOCAL POINT THAT KIDS ARE IMMEDIATELY DRAWN TOO. ♪

BRIAN DREDLA: THE IDEA BEHIND JOLENE IS YOU CAN TAKE YOUR HEADSET AND PLUG INTO THE SOUND BOX AT THE BASE OF THE MANNEQUIN AND HEAR THE MUSIC THAT SHE IS LISTENING TO AT THE LEVEL SHE IS LISTENING TO, AND GAUGE IF THAT IS SAFE FOR YOUR LISTENING LEVEL.

DANIELLE MALKIN: GUIDED TOURS THROUGH THE STEM GALLERY.

RON THE TOUR GUIDE: I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU A FEW MINUTES TO WALK AROUND WITH YOUR HEADSETS ON AND LISTEN TO WHAT YOU WANT.

DANIELLE MALKIN: -- BRING MUSIC TO LIFE AND GET THE AUDIENCE MOVING WHILE TEACHING A THING OR TWO.

BRIAN DREDLA: YOU ARE NEVER GOING TO HAVE SOMEBODY THAT NECESSARILY WILL GRAVITATE TOWARDS EVERY SECTION OF A DISPLAY OR READ EVERY LINE OF TEXT OR OBJECT LABELED, BUT JUST TO SEE THAT THE GENERAL CONCEPTS ARE BEING UNDERSTOOD AND APPRECIATED, THAT'S EXCITING.

DANIELLE MALKIN: AND WHILE SOME AUDIENCES ARE MORE IN TUNE WITH BLUETOOTH THAN BEETHOVEN, THE IDEA IS THAT MUSIC CAN AMPLIFY ACROSS PLATFORMS, FROM THE TINIEST VIBRATIONS TO THE GREATEST HITS. MUSIC, AFTER ALL, IS UNIVERSAL.

APRIL SALOMON: IT HAS GIVEN ME AN EXPANSIVE UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD AROUND ME.

TED SIMONS: THE STEM GALLERY IS ONE OF THE MANY EXHIBITS AT THE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT MIM.ORG.

TED SIMONS: WEDNESDAY ON ARIZONA HORIZON JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL HOUR LONG DEBATE AS FOUR REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES CHALLENGE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION, DIANE DOUGLAS. THAT'S WEDNESDAY AT 5:00 AND AGAIN AT 10:30 ON "ARIZONA HORIZON." THAT'S IT FOR NOW. I'M TED SIMONS. THANKS FOR JOINING US. YOU HAVE A GREAT EVENING. ♪

We’ll take you to the Musical Instrument Museum to see an exhibit that teaches STEM skills through music.

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