Seeing Sounds

Venue: Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Term: Ongoing

Seeing Sounds is a full day of structured activities for Key Stage 3 pupils, the first ever made available for this age range at the museum. The participatory science show will introduce students to the key principles of sound waves in the Power Hall, which is full of clanging wheels and hissing steam.

Their task is to record, analyse, mix, and finally present their own musical piece, blasted through a Rubens’ Tube – a visualization of sound waves via fire. By experimenting with a Rubens’ Tube, students will see that sound occurs when a vibration creates a longitudinal compression wave, pushing through a medium (gas, solids or liquids), before travelling into our ears and being interpreted as sound.

Pupils will also discover the principles of sound waves (wavelength, frequency and amplitude) from working inside a room full of sound. Additional educational elements of this workshop include using an oscilloscope, learning about sine waves, predicting wave form, and presenting to a group.

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