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Take a seat and listen. What do you hear?

The Spring 2024 Pack Science Challenge features Sound Around Town, a public science project about human perceptions of outdoor acoustic environments. Help us understand how different acoustic environments affect human well-being by completing listening tasks at multiple campus locations.

How to Participate

From March 25 through April 12, 2024, take a seat and listen at multiple campus listening stations, or choose your own campus locations. Share your perceptions about the sounds you hear through the Sound Around Town app. You will also have the opportunity to identify bird sounds using the free Merlin Bird IDapp, and to measure night sky light pollution using a dark sky quality meter.

Detailed instructions for participating are available here and at the campus listening stations.


Earn prizes by participating in the Pack Science Challenge! Reach our point milestones to unlock various prizes. The first 100 people to complete listening sessions at all ten campus engagement stations or reach 1500 points will also receive a Pack Science Challenge t-shirt.

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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NC State will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Direct accommodation requests to:

Karen Ciccone,

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