School Science Workshop... Science of Sound! | Fizzics Education

Science of Sound

Science of Sound

Discover how sound waves really work in this fun school science visit

Hear screaming rods, visualize sound waves, 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 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!

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Online Class Version

We’ve run live interactive distance programs since 2010 and are highly experienced in making online classes engaging for students on a variety of web conferencing platforms.

  • All of the same curriculum points will be covered, but the activities may vary from those listed for face-to-face incursions.
  • Our online classes include demonstrations, Q&A, and hands-on activities (you will receive a materials list upon booking).
  • Full child protections are in place
  • We usually connect to classes & homes via Zoom, however if you wish to use a different software we can work with you on getting the connection live.

If you connect with us via Zoom

NSW Science & Technology Syllabus Content
A student:

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

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

explains how energy is transformed from one form to another

NSW K – 10 Science Syllabus mapping for all our incursions

Victorian F – 10 Science Curriculum

Light and sound are produced by a range of sources and can be sensed (VCSSU049)

Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (VCSIS050)

Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051)

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School Testimonials


Pymble Ladies College

Today, myself and my team we were lucky enough to welcome Kate to the Prep School to present 4 workshops on the Science of Sound to our Year 1 students. I just wanted to write and express my sincere thanks to Fizzics Education for being so accommodating of our changing schedules, and also to praise Kate for her wonderfully engaging, informative and interactive presentation. The girls were beside themselves with excitement and not only responded with great enthusiasm to Kate’s positive energy, but learnt so much about sound. Kate had a delightful manner with our girls, was patient and exuberant, and the girls had an absolute ball! Please pass on my sincere thanks to Kate for her flexibility on such a topsy turvey day, and for energising our girls for their learning about Science.

St Madeleine's Primary School

We would definitely book this again

Science Show Activities


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!


What happens when sound waves are superimposed?


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.


Compare different xylophones and their pitch

Ruben tube with student
*The Rubens Tube is used in the show version of this school incursion.

Feedback about this school science incursion on sound


Appropriate for Years 1 to 6

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)

During Social Distancing – Contact us
and we’ll tailor a program to suit both your school and the State’s social distancing requirements. Further details here

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$495 GST Free for a 60-minute workshop or $540 GST Free for a 90-minute workshop.

We can also run this as a 60-minute show for up to 60 students for $660 GST Free.

Available as an online class anywhere in the world.
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In a regional area? Find out how we can attend your school as part of a country science tour!

Call 1300 856 828, or click below to make a booking for your primary school.

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