Science Sunday: Playing the Theremin

Welcome back to another edition of Science Sunday. Okay, you might notice that we look a little different today than we normally do- and that is because we are getting ready for our annual Spooktacular Science Weekend– happening next weekend, October 23-24.

Now that we have that settled, let’s get into the science for today- name an instrument you can play without actually touching it. If you were a loyal fan of the show the Big Bang Theory, you probably know the answer right away. Sheldon Cooper loved to play the theremin, I think almost as much as his friends hated listening to it.


So how does a theremin work? Well, today a parrot and gecko are going to share with you all the amazing science behind this very peculiar instrument. We hope you enjoy this latest segment of Science Sunday- almost as much as we enjoyed making it.

There is so much more Science Sunday to explore. Check out the full gallery of segments on our blog:

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Aoife Ryle is a STEM Educator at the Connecticut Science Center. In addition to working with school groups, she works with our Teen Program, Overnights department, and shoots weekly science segments for WFSB. She has a degree in Bioengineering from the University of Maine and has a personal interest in the life sciences and engineering which makes bioengineering a perfect crossover.


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Mark Dixon is a meteorologist on WFSB Channel 3 Eyewitness News and a host of the weekly Science Sunday segments with the Connecticut Science Center. He has been nominated for several Emmy awards for weather anchoring and has won awards from the Connecticut Associated Press Broadcaster’s Association and the American Meteorological Society.


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