Hear from students who asked “What is Sound?”

Meet Quinn Kaufer

quinn all dressed up“Hi, I am Quinn Kaufer.  I am 10 years old.  I have been attending the World Science Festival for three years.  I go each year because the topics always interest me.  The science that I like the most is earth and space science.  I hope to become an engineer or scientist who will help run missions to Mars or even just supply trips for the International Space Station.

Why did you chose this question?

Sound is something we deal with everyday. Even when you’re asleep, if something happens, your body is alert to sound. So really it’s the only sense that is always activated.  For the animal kingdom it provides: communication and entertainment and instruction giving.

Why does this question interest you?

I wonder how are brain would have developed differently without the ability to hear.

What do you hope the scientists will tell you about your question?

I know a lot about the basics of sound.  It’s vibration.  But, I want to know more about how our body and brain processes sound.  I am also curious about specific sound phemonomena: breaking the sound barrier, echolocation, vocal cords, sonic – what does it mean, sonar, why some sounds HURT!”

Meet Aidan Green, a fifth grade student from Maungatapu Primary School in Tauranga, New Zealand.

“Why did you choose this question?

I want to challenge the scientists because there are so many different sounds around made by many different ways it would be very hard to explain it in a way that we could understand. We have a student who is currently having double cochlear implants and we have been told that he will hear things differently now, then when he just had hearing aides. How does that work?

Why does this question interest you? 

I like to listen to the sounds around me and wonder how they all sound different? What makes them do that?

What do you hope the scientists will tell you about your question?

How different sounds are made and how we hear them and can tell which one is which? What is sound?”

Meet Keziah Job, a sixth grade student from South Middle School in Lynbrook, New York.
FC2016_0003Why did you choose this question?

When I was a kid, I had problems with my hearing.

Why does this question interest you? 

Because I wanted to know how sound-exactly, what is sound?

What do you hope the scientists will tell you about your question?

I hope that they tell me what sound is…I’m speaking and I want to know what makes up the sound.”