School Science Workshop... Light & Sound! | Fizzics Education

Light & Sound

Light & Sound

We look at properties of light & sound… and bring these together so that kids see both concepts are based on waves.

Sound concepts covered:

  • What do sound waves look like? How does this relate to light waves?
  • How does a sound wave change with pitch and increasing volume?
  • And much more…

Light concepts covered:

  • Investigate the visible light spectrum, including colour addition and subtraction
  • Explore luminescent minerals and other objects using ultraviolet light
  • Make coloured shadows and create hovering images
  • Learn about translucent, transparent and opaque materials
  • Operate zoetropes and flip books to create cartoons and more…

From absorption to reflection and pitch to volume, your students will gain a strong understanding of light & sound and it’s applications in everyday life. This school science performance can also be viewed as a LIVE web conference anywhere in the world!

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Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:

  • Light and sound are produced by a range of sources and can be sensed (ACSSU020).
  • Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted (ACSSU080).

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

NSW Science & Technology Syllabus Content
A student:

describes common forms of energy and explores some characteristics of sound energy

investigates how forces and energy are used in products

describes the characteristics and effects of common forms of energy, such as light and heat

explains how the properties of materials determines their use for a range of purposes

NSW K – 10 Science Syllabus mapping for all our incursions

School Testimonials

St. Luke's Grammar School

Ben was great! The session was really relaxed with the kids.

Manly Village Public School

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.

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Science Show Demonstrations

Colour mixing

Mix primary light colours ... why are the secondary colours different to paint?

Bubble Films

See light split through a bubble film. Nice... and demonstrates wave theory

Float that image

Create a 3D floating image hovering in mid-air

Magic specs

See rainbows all around with these diffraction glasses

Mirror boxes

Hidden compartments can create 'magical' illusions. How do they work?

Flys eye scopes

What is the difference between human and insect eyes?

Insect clickers

A simple device used in communications during wartime

Music Box

An investigation into sound travelling through different materials.

Slinky shake

A visual depiction on how soundwaves propagate through the air.

Straw flute

A simple yet effective way of demonstrating a standing wave. Students love it!


Compare different xylophones and their pitch

Twirl tubes

Students work together to create chords of varying pitch. Great fun!

Thunder drum

A demonstration on amplifying sound and blocking vibrations.


  • The ability to darken the room is essential. Choose the best room you have wherever possible.
  • Appropriate for Years K to 6 with a maximum of 30 students per class,
  • 10 Tables arranged around a room. Chairs are not required.
  • It’s handy to have a whiteboard or screen in the room as well.
  • Access to 3 electrical power sockets.
  • Duration 90 minutes, set up time 45 minutes and pack up time 45 minutes.

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.

If you want to concentrate on just light or sound, check out the dedicated workshops below;

  • Light & Colour Workshop
  • Science of Sound Workshop


$480 for a 90-minute workshop for 30 students.

$580 inc. GST per 60-minute show for up to 60 students.

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.

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Extension Ideas!

Extension Ideas!

Scientist Q & A

Often students attend our science workshops and shows with questions that stem beyond the covered topic area. Ask a scientist aims to give students a chance to get their questions answered! Run as a 30-minute session at a cost of $70 inc. GST.

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