SOLID Music Project

Worksheets for at-home learning:
SOLID Student Guide
The Science of Sound
Make Your Own Instrument

FREE SOLID Professional Development for Teachers – July 28 -29!
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The Sheldon SOLID Project (Science of Learning Instrument Design) is a STEAM-based program, underwritten by the Boeing Company and in collaboration with the St. Louis Science Center, that challenges students to design and create their own musical instruments by following the steps of the engineering cycle. Students will receive instruction from St. Louis Science Center and Sheldon staff and will learn about the connected worlds of sound, science and art. This program is designed to get students excited about creative problem solving by combining the creativity of the arts with STEM disciplines.

SOLID is a three-step process:

  1. Bring your students to The Sheldon to see "Good Vibrations: The Science of Sound" or request a St. Louis Science Center educator to visit your school for FREE. To find more information and pricing details about "Good Vibrations," click here.

  2. Implement SOLID curriculum provided by The Sheldon into your classroom. Our teacher handbooks will provide the tools needed for teachers to lead their students in an innovative set of classroom activities. Over the course of 3-6 class periods, students will work separately or in teams as they follow the steps of the engineering cycle to create a musical instrument that can change pitch and volume. Teaching artists are available to assist in your classroom.

  3. Submit your students' instruments to be displayed at The Sheldon for the spring reception. Instruments will be selected from each participating school by April 10.

Please select one of the following options to get started in the Sheldon SOLID Program:

Dates and times for Good Vibrations: The Science of Sound can be found on our Educational Programs page. Tickets are $4 per person. Scholarships available for those who qualify.

For more information or to schedule a scientist at your school, contact Katelyn Galenski at or 314.533.9900 ext. 33.

Click here for a shareable flier about bringing SOLID into your classroom!

FREE SOLID Professional Development is available for teachers each summer. Dates to be announced soon!

supplies for program

man plays paper towel roll

rubber bands

woman blows a horn

group doing project together

Photos by Odell Mitchell, Jr.