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The Biggest Bang in Town: BYU’s Sounds to Astound

In one fiery burst, the BYU Acoustics Research Group will amaze and astonish you with their Sounds to Astound show, which continues to draw audiences from across Utah county.

As part of student outreach activities, students from the research group demonstrated the power of sound with flames, Slinkys and one big bang to a full house on Oct. 17, 2011, in the BYU Eyring Science Center. These demonstrations were both exciting and educational for all.

The event drew in many families with young children, adding a chorus of wonder and curiosity to the event. Melissa Lot, a BYU student majoring in math education, enjoyed how the show brought the science experiments she’d seen in her BYU class to a younger audience.

“I think it’s really good for the kids to learn [and see] something that . . . opens their minds and gets them excited about education and learning,” she said. “They’re learning, as little kids, what I’m learning in my college physical science class.”

Levi Price, a BYU student studying industrial design, felt that the show still provided ample entertainment for big kids too.

“I think it’s always fun to learn new things,” he said. “And especially because we’re college students and we’re learning so many things all the time, it’s kind of nice to learn something just to learn — just to enjoy it. It’s really fun because you get to understand the world around you a little bit better.”

With the great popularity the show is gaining, the group is already gearing up for their next show.

Two shows are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 18: one at 6:15 p.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free but should be reserved in advance by visiting the group’s website at http://acoustics.byu.edu/outreach.

Hurry now and reserve seats for your family and friends before they’re gone. The Sounds to Astound show makes a great activity for group.

“I think I know where I’m bringing my next date,” Levi said.

Hurry now and reserve seats for your family and friends before they’re gone. The Sounds to Astound show makes a great activity for group.

This event is sponsored by the BYU Student Chapter of the Acoustical Society of America, the BYU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, and the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

By Katie Pitts Posted on