Waves, light and sound: videos and other resources

See below for many resources on this topic. Let me know if they are helpful, and if you have others to add to the list.

Waves and sound

Sounds Amazing, a resource for GCSE Physics (exams taken in the UK, usually at around 16 years old).

Simple wave simulator from physicsclassroom.com

Video of homemade wave machine http://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/how-to-build-your-own-wave-machine-physics-demo


Visualising sound waves (very cool) http://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/82296107912

Slow motion violin string

Octobass on The Kid Should See This

Standing wave patterns

Multilayered mechanized music making – using old vinyl records on a turntable and many other electronic and mechanical items.Again from The Kid Should See This.

Video of an opera singer and beat boxer under MRI scanner http://www.youtube.com/watch?amp;v=HhRn7E1LaLs

Vocal cords up close while singing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XGds2GAvGQ

Voice change in boys on kidshealth.org: here and here.


The Electromagnetic Spectrum

 GCSE Bitesize activity with Geordie voiceover. Probably best for children who prefer auditory or visual learning styles.

Largely text-based explanation from NASA on missionscience.nasa.gov , or here (Flash)

These activities on amazingspace.org are slightly more interactive but still require reading . There is a lesson plan here.

Light and UV light

Corals fluorescing under different lighting conditions



Why is the sky blue? (We didn’t cover this in our first two classes but touched on it in the third class.)

Reflection and refraction: A Rube Goldberg machine on The Kid Should See This.

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