Place Matters: How Sound Changes Due to Environment

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This is an online simulation of how sound changes due to environment. How does place--like a cave, a pier, or a forest--affect certain sounds? Move the sound pieces around and change the location to see.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Simulation

English, Spanish

Materials List (per student)

  • Computer that has Flash so the simulation can download
  • Speakers or headphones


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • use mouse


Foreign language versions of this resource:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Youth Science Center, Youth Sound Crew

Funding Sources:

  • Harman International
  • National Science Foundation
  • NEC Foundation of America