Acoustics and loudspeakers

1:30pm - 3:30pm, Wednesday 18 February

Conversation room

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Listening to a homemade loudspeaker

    Listening to a homemade loudspeaker

    Credit: Tim Mitchell
  • Type

    Family Engineering Masterclass
  • Speakers

    • Jon Constable


Standard £12


Concessions £8


Associates £6


Free to Members, Faraday Members and Fellows

Event description

Acoustics play an enormous role in our society and we are never far from an acoustic device. There are so many applications in our world from loudspeakers to automotive exhausts, each of which have very different design outcomes. In this Family Masterclass with Jon Constable we will study the simple concepts that underpin modern acoustic theories, in particular loudspeakers. We will even construct and test a working model of a loudspeaker using household materials.

This workshop is aimed at 12-14 year olds with their families, but older students and adults are also welcome.  Younger children may prefer to attend our morning workshop at 10:30am, which is aimed at 9-11 year olds, as the theoretical aspects of the class will be more suitable. The activities involve a high level of dexterity.

This Family Masterclass is based on one of our Engineering Masterclasses, which introduce young people to the far-reaching subject of engineering, allowing them to gain insight into the creativity, practice and relevance of this diverse discipline.

Free tickets are available to Members of the Ri. Find out more about how to join.

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Please note

We will be making loudspeakers in this workshop but unfortunately you will not be able to take them away with you. You will get instructions to make your own at home if you wish.

Children aged 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult and tickets should be purchased for both adults and young people.

About the speaker

Jon Constable qualified as an engineer in automotive engineering from Kingston University in 2003 and has worked in the audio, pump and compressor fields since graduating. He currently holds the post of Production Manager but still has a hand in the design and development of products. He enjoys engineering and is passionate about the profession with real interests in British Manufacturing. In his spare time he enjoys designing and manufacturing part modifications for his classic cars as well as mountain biking.

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