Whether an ear-shattering guitar solo or a tear-jerking ballad is your jam, this Social Science is your opportunity to explore the science of sound. Invent your own musical instrument, play a one-of-a-kind light-up drum kit, make Oobleck dance to the beat, enjoy live musical performances, and so much more!
Labs, lectures and programming for this Social Science will include:
The Big Music Quiz
Join a team and put your collective music knowledge to the test in a battle of audiophiles. Winning teams receive a prize!
Music in the Brain
Music affects every aspect of our lives and has profound effects within our brains. Learn how and why in this interactive presentation by Manal Toppozada with Note-Able Music Therapy Services.
Bust a move when you experience the one-of-a-kind sensation of a silent disco provided by our friends at Headphone Mafia.
Pound out a solo on a one-of-a-kind, light-up drum kit created by John Kirkpatrick, programmer and drummer extraordinaire.
If you can talk, you can sing. Learn how autotune works by using the same equipment T-Pain uses to hit the perfect note every time.
Time for Your Solo!
Form a band, rock out, and take over the world. Join our friends from Cap’n Games and show off your Guitar Hero chops.
Try your hand at firing a custom, high-powered Nerf launcher and make beautiful sounds if your aim is good.
Recipe for Great Sound
Learn how a speaker’s driving force and electromagnetic fields blend with other key ingredients to reproduce savory sound. Sound engineer Oliver Lieder will put your ears to the test.
The Secret Chord
Join professional musician Chris Heifner on a journey through sound and emotion when you explore how frequencies and music effect our emotions, feelings and outlook on life.
Make your own colorful batch of Oobleck and then make it dance with sound waves.
Do Not Touch
Impersonate Clara Rockmore, known as the greatest theremin player of all time, when you experiment with this no-touch musical instrument.
DIY Musical Instruments
Combine a mixture of new and recycled materials to create a playable musical instrument of your own.
Social Science is The Discovery’s wildly popular adults-only, brain building event series that features science demonstrations, hands-on labs, expert presentations, a live DJ, libations, and tasty bites.