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Ear Gongs

This activity investigates how sound travels, using a kind of gong made from a coat hanger and some string. The gong makes a surprising and intriguing sound – but only when you have your fingers in your ears.

Learning outcomes

  • Experience the fact that sound is produced by vibrations and travels better through solids than gases
  • Use observation and questioning (curiosity) skills
  • Understand how sound travelling through different materials has useful applications in our everyday lives

Downloadable resources

Ear Gongs (PDF Document)