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Science of Sound

Discover how sound waves really work
in this fun school science visit
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  • Rubens tube in action showing sound wavelengths using fire
  • Slinky shaking demonstrates waves with students
  • 3 thunder drums lined up on a desk
  • Euler disc in action
Rubens tube in action showing sound wavelengths using fire1 Slinky shaking demonstrates waves with students2 3 thunder drums lined up on a desk3 Euler disc in action4

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 soundwaves always travel at the same speed?
How does the Doppler effect work? What is resonance?
How does a soundwave 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 soundwaves and much more!

Primary students will gain an understanding of how soundwaves operate and how this knowledge is applied in the real world, plus have lots of fun! This school science 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:

  • Light and sound are produced by a range of sources and can be sensed (ACSSU020).

NSW Science & Technology Syllabus Content

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Science Workshop Experiments

This workshop can be combined with content from the Light & Colour workshop.

This program can be presented as a show or workshop. The show version includes the Ruben's Tube flame equalizer and Resonance demonstrator. The following list details the experiments in both the show and workshop versions:
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


  • ​Appropriate for Years 1 to 2 (older students can be accommodated)
  • Show version has a maximum of 60 students per class
  • Workshop version has a maximum of 30 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 (show only)

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.


  • $390 inc. GST for a 60-minute workshop for up to 30 students
  • $480 inc. GST for a 90-minute workshop for up to 30 students
  • $580 inc. GST for a 60-minute show for up to 60 students
  • Minimum school science visit cost is $480 inc. GST per day
  • We can also run this as a 60-minute show for up to 60 students at a cost of $540 inc. GST 
  • In a regional area? Find out how we can attend your school as part of a country science tour!
  • Available as a video conference at $150 inc. GST per class anywhere around the world
Call 1300 856 828, or use this form to enquire or make a booking for your primary school. 

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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 please contact us.

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Blacktown, NSW 2148, Australia
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