Sounds of Science

roadshowLogoSeeing what we hear on a giant gas BBQ is just one of the things set to amaze students at this year’s Science Roadshow. The Science Roadshow is open to all schools that have booked and is being hosted by Helensville School - 6 May and Waimauku School - 9 May
The “sound wave” BBQ is part of the “Sounding Out Waves” show that examines concepts to do with sound such as vibration, frequency and amplitude. Another show, “Mighty Materials”, looks at the physical and chemical properties of some different substances like metals and fabrics and how these are put to everyday use.
In between the two shows, there are over 60 interactive exhibits to explore, aimed to broaden student knowledge and experience of science and the world around them. The exhibits are grouped into seven key themes – Pressure, My Body, Gathering and Interpreting Data, Observations, Movement and Earth Science.
Andrew Beale, Manager of the Science Roadshow, says “Being able to get your hands on things and try them out, while having fun, is a great way for students to start a life time engagement with science.” Visitors can try their hand at anything from stepping inside a wind tunnel to experience gale force winds or pumping themselves up on an air jack, through to testing out how fast they can throw a ball using the speed ball radar – all part of some unique and memorable learning experiences that makes science more accessible and fun. The Science Roadshow also provides classroom ready resources for teachers.
An annual national event since 1990, the Science Roadshow is currently touring 117 locations throughout New Zealand in both remote rural areas and city venues. Over 46,000 students from more than 500 schools are expected to visit the Science Roadshow this year.
“We want all students to connect, and remain connected, with science and technology throughout their lives,” says Ian Kennedy, Roadshow Director. “Every person needs knowledge of how scientific processes work and to have some level of scientific literacy so that they can participate in the many science-related decisions that society must take. And it all starts with children!”
For further information or to find out when the Science Roadshow will be in your town go to or contact:
Maureen Jones (
The National Science-Technology Roadshow Trust
Tel: (04) 499 7865

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