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Science of Sound

Science of Sound

Discover how sound waves really work in this school science show 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 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!

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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)

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

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

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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


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.


$580 inc. GST for a 60 minute show

Available as a video conference at $150 inc. GST per class anywhere around the world.

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