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May 1st, 2011

Sensational Sounds Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Merrie Benjamin for winning the Grand Prize for her entry in the Kids’ Science Challenge Sensational Sounds category. Here’s her entry:

My musical instrument is called the water spritz. It is a group of spritz bottles full of water. If you pull the handle which makes the water come out, the water is sprayed into a cup. Depending on what the cup is made of , it will make a different sound. It doesn’t make the sound if the cup already has water in it. The necessary vibration to make the sound never vibrates if it’s full of water. So I decided to put tubes which lead back into the spritz bottle. The sound is always clear and you never run out of water. The vibration in the water hitting the cup makes the sound. This instrument is also good because recycled bottles make it work, so you don’t throw away the bottles, but instead make a cool instrument. Everything is connected by metal planks.”

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js from NY
May 2, 2011
at 6:07 am

Congratulations, Merrie!! A great idea and very green!! Have fun in CA. Love Jan

May 2, 2011
at 8:13 pm

Congratulations from Debbie and Bill. We are VERY Impressed–Debbie is going to show to her 5th grade class.

SNB from NY
May 3, 2011
at 4:49 am

We may be biased because Merrie is our niece, but she really deserves this because she is such a smart, creative girl and we love her!! Way to go Merrie!!. We cant wait to hear this thing. Thanks for recycling.

the long island benjamins

GMA from MA
May 3, 2011
at 9:37 am


MB from MA
May 3, 2011
at 1:54 pm

hi guys! thank you so much. i really miss you. hope to see you soon.
love, merrie.

gma from ma
May 3, 2011
at 2:04 pm

we are so proud of you merrie i hope you have such a fun time :) from you class ps gabriella me wrote this have a fun time we will miss you so much

LB from GA
May 5, 2011
at 7:59 am

Woo hoo! Music and Merrie go hand in hand! AJ and I want to demo your instrument in our Live show. :-)
love you!

JF from NY
May 5, 2011
at 8:40 am

Congratulations Merrie! Good luck in California! I’m so proud to know you! Julia

JFH from VT
May 6, 2011
at 11:20 am

I know you can switch cups to make different sounds but how do you put on a glass cup on your instrument;) from James

LEL from NY
May 6, 2011
at 11:31 am

Dear Merrie,
How did you come up with the musical instrument.
P.S I miss you.

SMB from MA
May 6, 2011
at 11:36 am

Dear merrie
I love your instrument .
you are so lucky!
when did you enter
p.s.I love the duck tape

csp from MA
May 6, 2011
at 11:37 am

Merrie is there any way that you could use even more recycled things in your instrument?
Love, Cate

gma from MA
May 6, 2011
at 11:38 am

Dear Merrie what does your instrument sound like?
Love Bella
P.S. Have a nice time!

djk from MA
May 6, 2011
at 11:39 am

Hey, Merrie
I know you can change the cup to make different sounds. Do you think if you changed the height of the spray bottle it would make different sounds too?
Love Darlie

ess from VT
May 6, 2011
at 11:40 am

I hope you have a fun time!

SPB from MA
May 6, 2011
at 12:17 pm

Your class had some great questions and designed some cool instruments in science today Merrie! We can’t wait to hear about your trip. We’re so proud of you!
-Miss Benton

MB from MA
May 6, 2011
at 7:50 pm

Thank you. You are the best friends ever! I miss you so much already. I know that you can’t read this now because it is almost 11:00 eastern time. Pacific time (here) it is only 7:45 but you will read it eventually. I will post the answers to your questions on Monday or Tuesday after I meet with Bart and we improve my instrument. I miss you a lot.
Lots of love, Merrie.

JBB from Georgia
May 8, 2011
at 7:04 pm

We are all so proud of you Merrie. And I think your Aunt Laura wants to use your instrument in one of her concerts. I know many of her students will be fascinated with it. Please keep a diary of your exciting trip!
Lots of love, Gramma Judy

MA from NY
May 10, 2011
at 5:41 am

Congratualtions! You are amazing!
I love your project and I hope I have the chance to see it demonstrated.
It sounds like you are having the BEST time in San Francisco (my favorite city…)