Below you will find resources for teachers, librarians, professors, and anyone else interested in acoustics education.
This is where the lessons developed for the ASA Teacher Activity Kit can be found. Lessons are divided into three main categories: Physical Science, Physics, and Lower Elementary. Many lessons can be used for most grades.
The ASA Teacher Activity kit includes materials to teach a class of 30 students plus access to over 40 research-based, interactive, student-tested lessons and laboratory exercises, along with several assessments and video clips of a class using the materials. The kit is free for k-12 applications.
Supplemental materials such as learning process skills definitions and background readings are available for the lesson plans designed for the ASA Teacher Activity Kit. Educators may find it useful to review the supplemental materials before introducing lessons to your students/class.
The Acoustics Collection was developed in coordination with the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). These K-8 lessons utilize some of the materials available in the Teacher Activity Kit as well as additional items.
So what do acousticians do? There is a lot that acousticians can do, both academically and professionally. Learn about the different kinds of jobs and research that acousticians do. Read short profiles of real acousticians from various fields. Professionals and academics write about what kind of acoustics they do, how they got into acoustics and share helpful tips for future acousticians.
Interested in continuing education? The Acoustical Society of America has offered a variety of educational opportunities for educators and students. Educators have attended workshops hosted by the American Association of Physics Teachers and events at biannual ASA meetings. Visit our workshops page to learn more!
Acousticians often use special words or expressions that may be difficult for others to understand. This list of acoustical terms has been provided with short descriptions in non-technical language to provide a better understanding of the terminology frequently used in the field of acoustics. Refer to this list if you come across a new acoustics word and aren’t sure what it means.
Learn about the breadth of acoustics! Acousticians include engineers, physicists, speech and hearing scientists, architects, biologists, psychologists, linguists, mathematicians, oceanographers, computer scientists, and musicians. Since there are many different areas of study and practice within acoustics we have condensed materials into 8 main content areas here.
Since the 1990’s the Acoustical Society of America has taken a leadership role in promoting improved acoustics in classrooms. ASA has published two American National Standards on this subject. These two standards were developed by ANSI-Accredited Standards Committee S12, Noise. They are available for immediate download from the ASA Online Store for free.