Sixth Graders Finish Science Unit on Sound by Designing Rooms Using Sound-Reducing Material and Strategies

Sixth graders have been studying how sound travels in different spaces during science class with Ms. Rodriguez and Mr. Cooley.
As part of this unit, the boys learned how longitudinal waves reflect off different surfaces like walls, corners, ceilings and floors.⁣ ⁣ ⁣

To test their knowledge, the boys were tasked with creating a hypothetical Dining Room for Allen-Stevenson that incorporates sound-reducing materials and strategies. The goal of the project was to provide detailed proposals with solutions to reduce the sound levels in spaces, like dining rooms, where noise levels are usually high.⁣ ⁣ ⁣

Along their journey to completing their proposals, the boys met several times with an acoustic engineer who is involved in the School’s Building Project.

They also greatly benefited from the broad collection of sources that Librarian Liz Storch organized and the research skills they practiced.⁣ ⁣ ⁣

Their extremely creative designs incorporated ideas like using absorption and diffusion materials, porous materials, insulators like fiberglass, and acoustic paneling on the ceilings and walls.
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