On Exhibit: January 17 – May 13, 2012
A fun, multi-sensory exhibition for children and adults that lets you see, feel, and hear sounds. Learn how humans hear and discover how well you can listen.
- Seeing Sound: Visitors adjust the frequency and amplitude knobs connected to big speakers at each end of a clear tube. Watch the contents of the tube “dance” in all kinds of interesting patterns!
- Invisible Orchestra: Wave in the air and dance on a carpet to play notes, while a camera mounted overhead shows you on the monitor. Move your hands and feet into the motion-sensing zones on the monitor to play different sounds. You can make several zones sound at once!
- Critters in a Cupboard: Hide the cat or cricket in a kitchen cupboard and ask a partner to find it by listening!
- Hearing Test: Listen to different pitches. What frequencies can you hear with your right and left ears? Record your results on a chart.
- Measuring Sounds: Try different notes. The meter will tell you their frequencies.
- How Do We Hear? See all the parts inside your ear with this large-scale model. Launch a billiard ball to show how sound hitting our eardrdums sends signals to our brain.
- Ear This! Stand behind the panel and put your best face forward. How do you look with the ears of an elephant? How about a bat? Fun family photo op!
- Match the Sound: Shake a bunch of containers and listen to their sounds. Can you guess what’s inside?
- Create a Soundtrack: Add sounds as a movie plays. Train whistle, ducks quacking, cows mooing – what sounds good?
- High Pitch, Low Pitch: Hit the colored bells mounted on a rotating turntable. Can you sort them into high and low pitches? Flip up the doors to see how you did.
- Hearing Safety: See examples of different kinds of hearing protection. What happens if you don’t protect your hearing?