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, 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 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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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

School Testimonials

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. He arrived early and was set up and ready to go at the arranged times. Many thanks for the educational show and we will be sure to recommend Fizzics Education to other teachers in our school and other colleagues.

St Madeleine's Primary School

We would definitely book this again

Fizzics Education Awards

Science Show Demonstrations


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

*The Rubens Tube is used in the show version of this school incursion.


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)


$390 inc. GST for a 60-minute workshop

$480 inc. GST for a 90-minute workshop

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 $580 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

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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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