Anthony/ynohtna offered to share his love of electronic music and teach kids how to "understand" music, and how to make it. He'll bring a drum machine, effects pedals and other assorted equipment and will then start with counting and clapping exercises, and go from there. He already did this in the past and has loads of ideas about how to go about such a workshop.
Morag then suggested to combine this with a "physics of sound" session. Maybe teaching the basics in child-/teenager-friendly ways; but also demonstrating it.
Here's one of Anthony's ideas about that:
1. Take the amp in the space, lay it on its back and cover the speaker cone with cling film.
2. Mix up some non-Newtonian fluid (corn starch & water) and throw a decent sized glob of it onto the cling film protected speaker.
3. Throw various audio signals through the speaker and watch the glob monster dance!
4. DIY cymatics!
Any other ideas for cool demos? Periodic motion, the relationship between motion and sound, the frequency spectrum, resonance, harmony, etc.
We'll meet tonight at 8pm during the social night, probably in the quiet room if there's space.
Anyone interested in helping out or contributing ideas is very welcome to do so!
Is quite cool I think. Stumbleupon'd it the other day.
And forgot to mention the Young Hackspace twitter account which we'll use for updates and announcements:
I'll send out a proper invitation this weekend, but you can already have a look at the brief and our notes:
Get in touch with me if you have kids aged 7-9 and want to participate; or if you want to help us build and present the Physics of Sound demos.