Cambridge Science Centre: amazing sonic science

Cambridge Science Centre: amazing sonic science

Cambridge Science Centre: amazing sonic science
Sunday 20 September 2020, 11.00am to 12.00pm BST
Past event
Past event
Sunday 20 September 2020, 11.00am to 12.00pm BST
  • Cambridge Science Centre

Image courtesy of the Ely Standard

Image courtesy of the Ely Standard

Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Family friendly, Science and technology

Have you ever wondered what sound is or how it travels? How do we even know a sound is being made? Find out as we use tuning forks, speakers, ping-pong balls, smoke rings, and an oversized model of the ear to explore the world of sound. Introducing concepts including pitch and frequency, states of matter, and human anatomy. Join Cambridge Science Centre for their exciting Sonic Science show and a chance to ask professional Science Communicator, Andrew Farrer, your own challenging questions. 

Our Sonic Science show is part of a new programme of engagement, VirtualSchoolTrip, developed in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the requirement to stop our person-to-person delivery. Shown in schools across the East of England it gives students access to exciting, inspiring and curriculum based science content, and is our way of still letting schools have that trip-to- the-Centre feeling during lockdown. This special recorded version of the Sonic Science show is available to the public here for the first time. And, as part of the Alumni Festival, after watching, you will have a chance to live chat with Andrew Farrer, the show's presenter and the Centre's Head of Programmes and Delivery, by asking your own challenging science questions.  

Cambridge Science Centre, based at Clifton Road, Cambridge, aims to break down barriers to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to ensure that every young person we meet is given the same equality of opportunity to engage with STEM subjects. We work hard to show future generations that no matter what their socioeconomic background, gender or ethnicity, STEM is exciting, inclusive and can be ‘for them.’ Find out more about us at   

Suitable for All Ages, aimed at Key Stages 2 and 3 

Show: 25 minutes (via YouTube) 

Live questions and chat: 30 minutes (Via Zoom Meetings) 


Dr Andrew Farrer

Fitzwilliam 2011
Andrew Farrer

Andrew Farrer is the Head of Programmes and Delivery at Cambridge Science Centre and leads the Centre's team of science communicators. He also supports partnerships with community groups and businesses so that the Centre can reach as wide a range of children and their families as possible to be passionate about STEM. He often delivers science shows himself, and has visited schools and communities around the East of England. 

Andrew has a broad background in biological sciences. He gained a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Manchester, and an M.Phil. in Biological Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. His PhD was awarded by the University of Adelaide, Australia, where he learnt about ancient peoples by identifying what bacteria had lived in their mouths. His PhD also included a chapter on Science Communication for researchers, and this led him into Science Communication as a career. 

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