Before You Start

20-30 minutes

20-30 minutes

stethoscopes, health, exercise, heartbeat, heart rate


Have you ever wondered what happens to the heart as we exercise intensely? How does its beating change? A doctor can figure this out by using a tool called a stethoscope, which is a long, thin plastic tube that has a small disc on one end and earpieces on the other end. In this activity, you will make a homemade stethoscope and use it to measure peoples’ heart rates at rest and after exercising.

stem download Make Your Own Stethoscope


Teisha Rowland, PhD, Science Buddies

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