Pupils at Renfrewshire primary schools made sweet music during interactive workshops which saw them use anything from bananas to plasticine and high-fives to make circuits that enabled them to create instruments and play music via their computers.
The innovative ‘Creative Conductors’ workshops are designed to help improve pupils’ understanding of electricity, conduction and circuits, and conclude with students performing their musical creations for their classmates.
During the workshops, pupils rolled up their sleeves and experimented with a range of foods, plants and everyday objects which they clipped to circuit boards in order to demonstrate how the items could help conduct electricity.
Billie-Jean Poole, who works in E.ON’s Community Relations team said: “E.ON has a long-standing relationship with the Renfrewshire community, having fitted external wall insulation to more than 2,000 homes over the past four years, working in partnership with Renfrewshire Council and Linstone Housing. We’re also fitting smart meters for our customers living in the area.
“Building on this activity, we thought pupils at five of the local primary schools would benefit from our Creative Conductors workshops, which allow the children to discover for themselves the amazing conducting properties of everyday items. Pupils also learn how to complete a circuit and then use that power to create different sounds and ultimately make music.”
Primary schools taking part in a Creative Conductors workshop were:
- Glencoats (Paisley)
- Todholm (Paisley)
- Woodlands (Linwood)
- East Fulton (Linwood)
- Fordbank (Johnstone)
Lynne McGinn, Head Teacher at Todholm Primary School in Paisley, said: “The children always respond well to external visitors, and this was something new for them to get involved with. They enjoyed the hands-on, practical approach as they investigated electrical circuits and powered a mix of sounds.”
Creative Conductors forms part of E.ON’s broader educational activities, developed to help teach children about where energy comes from and how it is used in our everyday lives.
E.ON offers educational workshops through its Energise Anything programme, which also includes online parent-led as well as classroom-based activities. These support the national curriculum and have been designed to help pupils aged 5-16 understand all stages of energy production, distribution and consumption. Full details and resources can be found at eonenergy.com/energiseanything.