Sound at the Extremes

Why do men have lower voices than women? What is the worst sound in the world? Can a whale kill a fish using only a bubble?Join us as we journey from one extreme to the other, from high sounds to low sounds, loud to quiet, nice to nasty! Test yourself! Are you the loudest audience member, the highest, or maybe you have the sexiest voice? Using interactive demonstrations and live sound experiments we investigate all the amazing properties of sound and what we might be using it for in the future.


Curriculum Links

Key Stage 3

  • Sound cannot travel through a vacuum
  • Loudness and amplitude
  • Pitch and frequency

Key Stage 4

  • Light & sound as transverse and longitudinal waves
  • Frequency, wavelength, speed and amplitude
  • Waves transfer energy without transferring matter
  • Human range of hearing: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Ultrasound
  • Infrasound
  • Decibel scale

AS and A level

  • Resonance
  • Standing Waves


Learning Objectives

Key Stage 3

After watching the show Key Stage 3 pupils should:

  • Understand that vibrations cause sounds and that sound travels as a wave
  • Understand that the frequency of the wave determines the sound’s pitch, and the amplitude its volume.
  • Recognise that animals, including humans, use sounds of different pitches to communicate, in mating rituals and as effective predators.

Key Stage 4

After watching the show Key Stage 4 pupils should:

  • Know what ultrasound and infrasound are and describe some of their effects.
  • Describe how a sonic  boom is produced

AS and A level

After watching the show AS and A level pupils should:

  • Understand that resonance gives more energy to vibrations
  • Understand that a note is generated when the matter vibrating is of a fixed length and the note or notes produced have a frequency related to this length.



50 or 60 minute versions available

Suggested audiences

  • 11-18 year olds
  • Families or mixed age groups
  • Festivals and events
  • Visually impaired groups

We will need the venue to provide

  • Power sockets
  • Projector screen
  • Two long tables
  • Drinking water for the Presenter
What people say about us

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    • “This was the best show. Amazing story! Heartfelt, emotional but furthermore very informative and I found a lot out!”
      Visitor, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “We had around 2700 visitors. 98% of visitors rated the event as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’. Your session was also named by a number of guests as their ‘highlight’ of the festival”
      J. Heaton-Marriott, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “We would like to thank you for a fantastic morning of science. We like the way you included us in your presentation and experiments and gave us an insight in science throughout our life”
      Students at Carshalton High School for Girls
    • “The show was organised, professional and creative. Many thanks for your hard work and commitment.”
      J. Ford, Barry Comprehensive
    • “Engineering I thought was to do with machines and I thought it would be a boring job, but now I think I might be one.”
      student age 10
    • “Loved how much the children were involved, and the enthusiasm of Zoë – amazing”
      Thomas’s Clapham, London
    • “Your contribution has drawn extremely positive comments from all sections of the school community – pupils and staff, parents, governors and others”
      K. Geary, Marlwood School, Bristol
    • “David was very clever, funny and kept the children engaged.”
      Cross Gates Primary School
    • “There is no doubt at all that you made a big impact on the pupils, on the parents and indeed on all those who were privileged to be present”
      R. Court, Birkdale School, Sheffield
    • “It was an amazing experience, and all the experiments were informative and exciting. It is an event we will never forget”
      Year 7 Student, Stanchester Academy
    • “Zoe was very pleasant, enthusiastic and engaged the children throughout each show. A very enjoyable day, everyone commented on Zoe’s enthusiasm”
      Uplands Junior School
    • “We all thoroughly enjoyed the two different shows that you put on for us! The children were all talk about them the following day! The teachers were too!”
      Mary Mother of Hope School, Dublin
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      Thomas Jolyffe Primary School
    • “The students loved every minute of it.  The shows were incredibly well put together, resourced and performed and it is a testament to Zoë for the hard work she puts into the prep work and the performance on the day”
      Sevenoaks School
    • ‘science made simple have always been a pleasure to work with – not only when they’re presenting amazing science shows for our family audiences, but through training our own staff on their journey to becoming excellent science communicators.’
      Liz Smallman, Head of Learning , Eureka
    • “You had an attentive and appreciative audience, quite an achievement when you consider that there were eight hundred 14-16 year olds in the auditorium”
      R. Newby, The Training Partnership