Age range: 11-14
Duration: 30-59 mins
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Acoustic engineering 1

What makes one set of headphones better than another?

This starter activity has been inspired by the ‘Sound Design’ film (available to download below) and focuses upon the development of earphones and headphones. Students are provided with the opportunity to analyse earphones currently on the market in a structured, detailed, and creative way. They are then encouraged to investigate the potential development of this product.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

An engaging activity allowing students to understand ergonomics and aesthetics in an authentic context and apply their findings in a creative and challenging way.  

The activity sheet includes teacher notes, guidance, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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Activity overview

Acoustic Engineering 1 activity description, teachers' notes and curriculum links.



Investigating earphones and headphones through time.



Podcast produced by Fun Kids Radio as part of the Techno Mum series, which aims to explain the technology behind MP3 players.

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