Artec Visual Sound Kit & Study Guide (Retired)


Experiment with Cymatics, the study of Visible Sound and Vibration with this fun kit from Artec!

Do you know what vibration has to do with sound? Well, pretty much everything, actually.

Learn about sound vibration, what it looks like, and how our ears translate those vibrations to create the wonderful sounds that we all know and love.

You and your child will perform different experiments, including using a dish of sand over a special vibration emitter to group sand into patterns. Learn about what types of noises make different patterns, and try to predict what they will look like. Also, perform a neat experiment with styrol beads in a tube to see the pattern of sound waves that your voice makes!

visual sound kit illustration

Nurture a love for science! Included is a easy to understand and fully illustrated study guide that will help you and your child to plan the experiment, put that plan into practice, analyse the results, and improve upon them.

IMPORTANT Use under adult supervision. Contains small parts, keep away from small children!

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Package Contents:

Artec Visual Sound Kit Ages 6+

– Paper Plate (for test) x 1
– Lid x 1
– Clear Tube x 1
– Mesh x 1
– Vibration Generator x 1
– Styrol Beards x 1
– Stopper x 1
– Rubber Band x 1
– Colored Sand x 1
– Study Guide x 1

The Science of Visual Sound

Cymatics is the study of visible sound and vibration, though sound waves are not normally visible, with this kit, you will be performing cymatic experiments, using sand as a medium to show the particles displace or group together, according to the pitch. Traditionally this is done using some pretty expensive tone generating equipment and a Chladni plate, but you and your child can get to understand the principals of the effects with this cool kit!

In addition to the sand that comes with this kit, try using different materials to see if there are different effects!You might try a shallow plate of tap water or a thin coating of flour.

Now if you’re in the mood for something really messy and interesting, you can try an experiment with something known as “quicksand goo”, or some know it as “Oobleck”, courtesy of the wonderful Dr.Seuss.

As a general rule of thumb, you’re looking for a mixture of roughly 10 parts cornstarch to 1 part water.

Now the goo is a non-Newtonian fluid. Basically what that means is that it acts like a liquid when being poured, but behaves as a solid when a force is acting on it. You can grab it and then it will ooze out of your hands. Make enough of the stuff and you can even walk on it! For our purposes, you’ll need to use on a plastic plate or bowl for some really crazy looking effects!


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