SOUNDS and SCIENCE
Designed to support the ‘Sound’ topic in primary schools









A project that explains the science behind the creation of sounds. Discover concepts such as hertz and decibels through practical and interactive activities using musical instruments and special computer software. Suitable for a single 60 min session or longer project, where more topics can be introduced (see below).


TOPICS OUTLINE

A. ACOUSTICS: SOUND, WAVES AND VIBRATIONS
a. What is sound?
b. How do we hear sound? - The human ear
c. Where is sound coming from?
d. How does sound travel?





B. MEASURING VIBRATIONS

a. Waves and oscilloscopes
b. Hertz
c. Tuners and instruments




C. SOUND AS MUSIC

a. Vibrating: strings, tubes, voice
b. Measuring vibrations: using tuning forks and electronic tuners
c. Tuning instruments
d. How high – how low?
e. Notes and frequencies
f. Name of notes







FOR LONGER PROJECTS ...

D. LOUDNESS
a. The world of decibels
b. Measuring decibels

E. THE WORLD OF BEATS - TIME

a. Basics of measuring time
b. Using clocks and metronomes
c. Exploring the effect of counting beats in different ways.

F. MAKING AN INSTRUMENT
Using all concepts learned so far to make a simple instrument - pentatonic panpipes.
(Necessary to add the costs of materials)

G.
MUSIC MAKING SESSIONS (2 sessions)