Welcome to Cambridge Science Centre

We’re really glad you are joining us for our Amazing Sonic Science show as part of the Alumni Festival. Today, we’re going to explore what sound is, how it travels, and how humans know that sound is around us.

Click on the video below to watch the show. Once you’re finished, head back to the Alumni Festival Zoom call so that you can ask Andrew your questions.

Have fun, and stay safe.

An independent charity to get everyone engaged in the science, technology, engineering and maths of everyday life.


As an independent charity, we do not receive any income or support from central or local government and we are reliant on the generosity of individuals, local businesses, and grants and partnerships to help inspire young people across our region to become passionate about science.

Enthusiastic individuals and businesses, like you, can be part of our work through one-off or recurring donations and through our new Atomic Circle membership. You can get hands-on yourself, and join our team of dedicated volunteers and help either front-of-house or behind-the-scenes.

Every penny and every second you can give helps us to keep our costs as low as possible for young people – and make science accessible to every child.

Please note: We are reviewing our volunteering opportunities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure our Volunteers’ safety. If you express an interest in volunteering, we will keep you up-to-date on the available and new opportunities that we can provide. Thank you.

Even more Amazing Sonic Science:

We’ve got even more for you! Below are some questions and a challenge for you to do at home. You’ll need to do some research and experimenting to get your answers, and we encourage you to share and discuss with your friends, and family. Let us know your results, send us your answers, pictures, or videos to: OpenUpScience@cambridgesciencecentre.org

Can you give an example of sound travelling through a gas, a liquid and a solid?

How do bats use sound to hunt?

The three main categories of musical instruments are string instruments, wind instruments, and percussion instruments. Choose an instrument from each category and find out what makes the vibrations.

Using different materials from around your house, can you design and play a musical instrument?


Can you find a way to see sound vibrations?

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