Sound Show

We live in a world full of sounds but what do we need to make a sound and how does that sound travel to our ears for us to hear. We know that all sounds are not the same, but what makes them sound different?
This show will get things shaking and vibrating, from balloons to tuning forks to even the audience. We’ll use a range of objects to explore sound and music including straws, cups, slinkies, buckets and more. We may not be pop stars but at least we know how to make a great sound.

Feel the vibrations as you explore the science of sound.

The Sound Show explores a number of scientific concepts, such as:

  • Vibrations
  • Sound waves
  • Amplification and Loudness
  • Frequency and Pitch

The Sound Show is presented as an added opportunity for learning and entertainment within the Sciencentre and provides a different way for visitors to engage with science. Science Theatre Shows are presented using a range of everyday props and visitors are active participants in the show, either as volunteers with the demonstrations, asking and responding to questions and sharing ideas and explanations.

Show topics and times may vary on weekends and public holidays, and are subject to change without notice.
Show times on weekdays during school term are dependent on school bookings.
Please check latest information upon arrival at the Sciencentre.

Learning Objectives and Curriculum

  1. Understand that science is part of everyday life.
  2. To promote the fun, excitement and curiosity of science. 
  3. Engage with materials (either real or role play).
  4. Explore scientific concepts such as sound as energy, production of sound, sound waves and how sound travels, different mediums, amplification and loudness, frequency and pitch music and musical instruments.
  5. Question and explore natural phenomena, make observations, predict outcomes and test group ideas.
  6. Explain natural phenomena and make links between their observations and the everyday world.

This Sound Show supports investigation of concepts in the Physical Sciences and Chemical Sciences sub-strands in the Australian Curriculum. Students will explore the Nature and Development of Science (Science as a Human Endeavour) and apply Science Inquiry Skills, including questioning, predicting, observing cause and effect relationships and explaining.

During the show the following curriculum-based, scientific concepts will be explored:

Physical Sciences

  • Sound can be sensed
  • Sound is energy
  • Sound is a mechanical wave and travels through different mediums
  • Sound can be described in terms of amplification and frequency

Chemical Sciences

  • Properties of materials
  • Solids, Liquids and Gases have different properties.

The show will be tailored to meet the needs of the target audience, with age-appropriate language and focus on concepts.

Learning Resources

The Queensland Museum has a range of loans kits and objects available for the classroom to support the study of sound in the classroom. This includes:

  • Human Ear model
  • Multicultural Music Kit
  • Sound Kit
  • Science Toys Kit

Visit the QM loans website for a searchable database and borrowing details.


Event Details

25 January 2016 - 21 February 2016
Level 1 Sciencentre
Free with Sciencentre Admission