Short films aim to explain science of acoustics to school pupils

Nine videos made by industry professionals explain the science and technology behind the industry

A new series of short educational films aim to help school pupils understand the science of acoustics.

Launched by the national trade body the Association of Noise Consultants, the playlist has been launched to coincide with Tomorrow’s Engineers Week which starts on Monday, November 4.

The nine educational videos have been made by acousticians and were entered into the John Connell STEM award, a competition which recognises short educational films made by people in the industry.

SLR Technical Services won the coveted title with their film that explores solutions to irritating noises that could affect a community. AECOM and Learning Occupational Health by Experiencing Risk were both highly commended for their entries.

Applicants have explained a highly technical subject in ways that engage with their young audience
 – Paul Shields,  ANC

Paul Shields, a member of the ANC Board, said: “These films leave a great legacy, as the applicants have explained a highly technical subject in ways that engage with their young audience.

“They offer a useful resource for people interested in acoustics and STEM in general to tap into and, with the theme this year for Tomorrow’s Engineers Week focusing on health and wellbeing, they are particularly relevant.

“World Health Organisation guidelines state that exposure to noise presents the largest health risk to the population of Western Europe, second only to poor air quality.”

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Mr Shields said environmental noise can negatively impact health and wellbeing and can cause cardiovascular disease, annoyance and lack of sleep.

“As a result, we need talented people to enter our industry and engineer solutions to tackle this,” he explained.

More information, including links to the John Connell STEM Award playlist, can be found at

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