Build Your Own Speakers with Nathan

7th grade Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School student, Nathan Brodsky, can often be found tinkering with things around his house to create new things so when he found a YouTube video highlighting the use of paper plates as speakers he knew he could recreate it.

“I am always messing around with things in the house, we have a workbench in the garage and I build different things. I had seen a video about how to make speakers from household items and when I realized I had the materials I knew I had to try it,” said Brodsky.

Brodsky was successful in making the speaker from paper plates, a few copper wires, magnets and a paper tube. He took his project to school where District 123 STEM Curriculum Facilitator Rosalind Reyes was inspired to take the project district wide.


Thanks to a grant from the Ed Foundation, supplies were provided for 4th-grade students at each elementary school to hack their own speakers and have Nathan show them how it’s done during their STEM Day. Nathan made his way to each school to teach the students how to make their very own speakers the same way he did.

“This has been an awesome opportunity, it’s fun to see the kids reaction when they get their speaker to work. I feel like this opportunity has also helped me with things I wasn’t good at before like public speaking, and leading a group,” he said.

The Education Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that was established in 1991 through the good efforts of the School District and dedicated friends in the community. Its purpose is to attract private monies to fund and advance special innovative educational projects/programs that would not normally be supported by tax dollars. A community Board of Trustees governs the Foundation’s activities. Since its inception, over $200,000 has been contributed to the Educational Foundation. Funding for the foundation has been achieved through private and corporate donations, as well as through annual fundraising events including dinner dances, an annual golf outing, and family festivals.