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Learning Lab

See the Sound

Explore the energy of sound by feeling and seeing the vibrations. Students observe the relationship between vibrations and sound using Tibetan singing bowls, tuning forks, laser light oscilloscopes, and more. Alter vibrations and observe how sound changes what is seen, felt and heard.

Minimum/Maximum class size: 16/32 students

Grade Level: 
3, 4 and 5
Learning Goals: 
  • Sound is produced by vibrating objects.
  • Changing an object’s properties, such as size or speed of vibration affects pitch.
  • Sound can be observed through senses other than hearing (sight, touch).
  • Sound energy can be described by the pattern of its motion.
Academic Standard Strand: 
Nature of Science & Engineering
Physical Science
Experience Run Time: 
50 minutes
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Reservation Required: 
Museum Admission plus Additional Fee
Specific Cost: 
$6 per student
Physical Location: 
Only at the Science Museum of Minnesota
Specific Location: 
Education Classrooms, Level 2

Reservations are required at least 2 weeks in advance for Learning Labs. To make your reservation, fill out the Field Trip Reservation Request, email, or call (651) 221-9444 Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.