We describe a structured inquiry-based lesson about the human ear and sound that can lead to long-term retention of content knowledge and reduce the gender gap in science subjects. The lesson integrates the subjects of biology and physics for students about 15 years of age and is suitable with high or low pre-knowledge and for both genders equally. Students learn in hands-on experiments about sound formation and properties; the human outer, middle, and inner ear; and limits to human hearing, both natural and resulting from damage to the inner ear. This lesson is suitable for beginners in inquiry-based learning and teaching. It is designed as structured/level 1 inquiry-based science. The topic and how it is analyzed is provided by the teacher in the lesson material, but students are strongly invited to actively think about why they expect certain results to happen and how the results can be interpreted.
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Vol. 81 • No. 7