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Science of Sound

Discover how sound waves really work
in this school science show visit
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  • Rubens tube in action showing sound wavelengths using fire
  • Slinky shaking demonstrates waves with students
  • Euler disc in action
Rubens tube in action showing sound wavelengths using fire1 Slinky shaking demonstrates waves with students2 Euler disc in action3
Hear screaming rods, visualize sound waves, investigate a Theremin, observe tubes singing to heat, hear a sonic boom and more!
Concepts covered:

What do sound waves look like? Do sound waves always travel at the same speed?
How does the Doppler effect work? What is resonance?
How does a sound wave change with pitch and increasing volume?
Can sound travel through a vacuum? How are sound effects made?
What causes a sonic boom? See sand form weird patterns to sound waves and much more!

Students will gain an understanding of how sound waves operate and how this knowledge is applied in the real world. This performance can also be viewed as a LIVE web conference anywhere in the world!

What schools are saying about our science shows & workshops
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All the Year 1 teachers of Manly Village Public School want to thank you for the interesting and informative Light and Sound incursion that Ben delivered to us yesterday. The children were shown many different examples of how light and sound work such as the Newton's wheel, the slinky and the shadows on the screen. Ben was very professional and enthusiastic and gave simple explanations that the year 1 students could understand. Many thanks for the educational show and we will be sure to recommend Fizzics Education to other teachers in our school and other colleagues.

Manly Village Public School; Light & Sound School Visit


Australian Curriculum and NSW K to 10 Syllabus Links

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:

  • Energy transfer through different mediums can be explained using wave and particle models (ACSSU182)
  • Energy conservation in a system can be explained by describing energy transfers and transformations (ACSSU190)

NSW Science Syllabus Content

A student:
  • discusses how scientific understanding and technological developments have contributed to finding solutions to problems involving energy transfers and transformations SC4-11PW.
  • explains how scientific understanding about energy conservation, transfers and transformations is applied in systems SC5-11PW
  • appreciates the importance of science in their lives and the role of scientific inquiry in increasing understanding of the world around them SC4-1VA & SC5-1VA

    NSW K - 10 Science Syllabus mapping for all our incursions

Science workshop experiments

This show can be combined with content from the Light & Colour Show if needed.
Boomwhackers Colourful tubes that create assorted sounds on impact.
Chladni Plate A violin bow running across a metal plate creates very strange patterns in sand.
Croaking frogs Create croaking sounds with this Asian musical device
Doppler effect Demonstrations on why ambulances sound different as they pass you by.
Elephant tubes Large tubes that resonate loudly whilst emulating how frogs croak. Very funny!
Ghante bell A Nepalese bell that vibrates loudly when given the right touch.
Insect clickers A simple device used in communications during wartime
Music Box An investigation into sound traveling through different materials.
Rijke tube A special metal tube vibrates loudly when heated air rushes through it. Great!
Screaming rod Rubbing this rod makes a very high pitch! A classic demonstration on octaves.
Slinky shake A visual depiction on how soundwaves propagate through the air.
Sonic Boom A very Australian way to create a sonic boom in your hall. Think bullwhip!
Squawking science A simple instrument that students can replicate at home or class.
Straw flute A simple yet effective way of demonstrating a standing wave. Students love it!
Superposition What happens when sound waves are superimposed?
Theremin Create spooky sound effects using the palm of your hand!
Thunder drum A demonstration on amplifying sound and blocking vibrations.
Twirl tubes Students work together to create chords of varying pitch. Great fun!
Voice changer Modulate the pitch of your voice and you'll get strange sounds!
Wave generator The audience participates in changing the waveform created by an oscilloscope.
Xylophones Compare different xylophones and their pitch

For us to provide the best possible learning experience, the materials used during the presentation may be varied to suit the conditions and the audience. Please chat with our presenter if there is a particular focus that you'd like us to cover.
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  • ​Appropriate for Years 7 to 10.
  • Maximum of 60 students per class.
  • Access to 2 electrical power sockets and 3 tables. Chairs are not required.
  • Ability to darken the room.
  • Students particularly sensitive to loud or high pitch noises may need to be catered for.
  • Duration 60 minutes, set up time 45 minutes and pack up time 45 minutes.
  • Ability to isolate your fire alarm if we run the Rubens tube demonstration.


  • $540 inc. GST for a 60 minute show
  • Available as a video conference at $150 inc. GST per class anywhere around the world.
Call 1300 856 828or use this form to enquire or make a booking for your high school.
We don't charge per student as we know that this causes an additional administrative load on your school office. Most schools tend to fill the science workshops & shows based on our recommended maximum number of students. If you have any questions on our science incursions please contact us.

For schools outside of metropolitan areas please contact us to discuss how this science workshop can visit your school as part of a regional science visit.

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