Stereo Headphones

  1. Grades 9-12


Wire up a pair of headphones and jam to your favorite music! Build the headband, rig up the speaker drivers, and experiment with stereo sound. Explore how speakers and other electroacoustic transducers turn electricity into sound, then learn about the engineering history that made modern headsets possible.

Academic Standards

  1. MS-PS4-2: Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for information transfer
  2. RH.9-10.2: English Language Arts > History/Social Studies
  3. RST.9-10.2: English Language Arts > Science & Technical Subjects

Why it’s awesome

  1. Engineering in stereo

    Wire up headphones that play music in surround sound.

  2. Science of sound

    Explore the science behind turning electricity into sound.

  3. Bring history to life

    Discover the engineering, design, and history of headphones.

What’s included?

  • 2 speaker drivers

  • 2 audio jacks

  • audio cable

  • 2 metal headbands

  • 2 ear pads

  • 2 speaker housings

  • fabric sleeve

  • wood set (12 pcs)

  • 2 sticky foam sheets

  • foam pad

  • 2 plastic connectors

  • 12 screws

  • hex key

  • 3 plastic nuts

  • Maker's Guide

Topics explored

  1. Electronics

  2. Stereo sound

  3. Electricity + magnetism

Additional details

From the desk of the product designer:

Behind the design

You'll build an awesome pair of headphones yourself, but you'll also be an audio engineer and experiment with amazing stereo-sound illusions.

- KiwiCo Product Designer

By the numbers


Headband designs


Headphone cups tested


Audio clips we included online



59 reviews

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    This one is great especially if your kids have a tablet. The only thing is the ear pads don’t have a good wear life since they just slip on so maybe some double sided tape to keep them on with constantly taking headphones on and off over time.



    Wonderful activity. 12 yr old kiddo LOVED it. We were able to really talk about it and she taught me all about the mechanics and electrical! Great!



    Our grandson absolutely loved building his headphones. And it's been a year and he still uses them daily! So it lasts, is well designed, and provides hours of fun plus his feeling of accomplishment: he tells his friends he made them! So proud!



    This is easily the favorite kit my 12 year old has done! (Close second is the kinetic speaker) The build was challenging and the quality of the headphones is great. He uses them daily for homeschool lessons and they've held up really well.



    My daughter LOVES being able to bring these headphones to school and say she made them. She always surprises her teachers when they actually work!



    My daughter followed all the instructions perfectly. She loved the snarked about sacrificing a headphone set for her to create her own!

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