STEAM for Your Students

The Sheldon SOLID Project (Science of Learning Instrument Design) is a STEAM-based program that challenges students to design and create their own musical instruments by following the steps of the engineering cycle.

SOLID is designed to get students excited about creative problem solving by combining the creativity of the arts with STEM disciplines. This program provides the opportunity for students to receive instruction from St. Louis Science Center and Sheldon staff, where they will learn about the connected worlds of sound, science and art. 

SOLID is generously underwritten by the Boeing Company and in collaboration with the St. Louis Science Center.

View our 19-20 SOLID Instrument Gallery! Thanks to all of the teachers and students who participated!

Bring SOLID To Your School

The Summer SOLID Challenge!

How to Get Started with SOLID

  • Step 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.

  • Step 2

    Implement SOLID curriculum provided by The Sheldon into your classroom.

    Our teacher handbooks provide the tools needed for teachers to lead their students in an innovative set of classroom activities. Over the course of 3 to 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.

  • Step 3

    Submit your students’ instruments to be displayed at The Sheldon for the spring reception, generally held in late April.