Bath Shoppers Invited to 'Shower in Sound'

Mar 6 2012 10:58 AM

Visitors to Bath’s Green Park Station this Saturday will have the chance to experience a 'sound shower' and try their hand at 'catching' sound using umbrellas and paint rollers, as part of this year’s annual science fair, Bath Taps into Science.

Dr Nigel Holt, senior lecturer in Psychology at Bath Spa University will run the 'Sounds like Science' attraction amidst the fruit and vegetables of the busy farmers’ market, together with Dr Ian Walker, lecturer in Psychology at the University of Bath and a team of student volunteers.

Dr Holt has represented Bath Spa University at the science fair for the last eight years and sees it as an excellent opportunity for the public, and children in particular, to discover and be inspired by science in a hands-on and fun way.

Dr Holt said: "It’s great to be a part of the Bath Taps into Science fair and see people genuinely excited by science. On our Sounds like Science stall we explore aspects of sound and hearing that people don’t think about every day.

"We’ll be talking about directional sound and will try catching sound using some intriguing homemade spy microphones (technically known as parabolic microphones) made from household items such as umbrellas and paint rollers.

"Our sound shower is also very popular. It’s a fascinating way to listen privately to music in a noisy public space. People stand beneath our special dome-like structure through which the music is directed down towards them."

Dr Holt will also draw on his day job - researching noise and motorcycling. Visitors will be able to experience the sort of sounds motorcyclists hear: all the excitement and none of the danger!

The Sounds like Science stall will form part of the second day of Bath Taps into Science, which will be held at Green Park Station in Bath on Saturday 10 March from 10am to 4pm. Entrance is free.
The first day of the fair is Friday 9 March at the University of Bath Claverton campus from 10.30am to 3pm.

The fair is organised by staff and students from the University of Bath, Bath Spa University, Bristol University and the University West of England (UWE) and other colleges.

For more information please visit http://www.bath.ac.uk/math-sci/extracurricular/bathtaps/