School of Noise - Exploring Sound
The School of Noise delivers practical workshops exploring music and the science of sound. With a mix of demonstrations and hands-on use of equipment, our activities provide a creative and educational event to support the curriculum, STEM and enrichment learning.
“Thank you for a great day. The children came back from your sessions extremely enthused having learnt a great deal”
Childeric Primary School
"The School of Noise is one of those ideas that you just know is right. Bringing back a sense of wonder and accessibility to music-making. Music is organised noise and organising noise is fun!” Jarvis Cocker
“Thanks for today, kids absolutely loved it and had a blast. A lot of the teachers were jealous that they didn't get to come and play.”
St Dominic’s Primary School
We have worked with children and young people in a wide variety of locations including schools, colleges, BBC, BAFTA, Barbican and Southbank Centre, Royal Institution, Museum of Science and Industry, Cheltenham Science Festival, V&A Museum of Childhood, British Library, Alexandra Palace, Great Ormond Street Hospital, and visited China, Spain, Oman, UAE, Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
Identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating.
Recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear.
Find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it.
Find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.
Recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases.
Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds.
Frequencies of sound waves, measured in hertz (Hz); echoes, reflection and absorption of sound.
Sound needs a medium to travel, the speed of sound in air, in water, in solids.
Sound produced by vibrations of objects, in loudspeakers, detected by their effects on microphone diaphragm and the ear drum; sound waves are longitudinal.
The auditory range of humans and animals.
Listen with attention to detail.
The STEM Directory is provided as a service to support you in finding enrichment opportunities. The activities are offered by external providers and are not endorsed by STEM Learning. We are not responsible for their content or delivery.
Grants for school
The Royal Institution runs two enrichment and enhancement grant schemes. Grants of up to £500 are available to UK-registered state schools to host a STEM activity selected from the STEM Directory.
There are a number of other organisations that offer grants to schools.
|Published||02 October 2020|
|Last modified||02 October 2020|
|Nature of scheme||In-school visit|
|Subject(s)||Cross curricular, Science, Physics, Working scientifically, Practical work, Enquiries and investigations|
|Age||4-5, 5-7, 7-11, 11-14|
|Running times||A day|
£300 per day. Workshops can be repeated throughout the day for different classes.
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