Pupils at nine schools across Manchester have made sweet music during an interactive workshop 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.
E.ON’s innovative ‘Creative Conductors’ workshop is designed to help pupils’ understanding of electricity, conduction and circuits, and concluded with primary school pupils performing their musical creations for their classmates.
During the workshop, 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.
The workshops form part of E.ON’s commitment to helping educate communities across the UK about saving energy and smarter energy solutions.
Suzanne Doxey, Community Relations Manager at E.ON said: “The idea behind Creative Conductors is to inspire pupils to discover for themselves the amazing conducting properties of everyday objects. Pupils also learn how to complete a circuit and then use that power to create different sounds and ultimately make music. These hands-on activities have been specifically designed to fit within the physics, design and computing curricula, and to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) topics to young people in a fun and inspiring way. We’re really pleased that we’ve been able to bring these workshops to Manchester as part of this year’s tour. We’ve previously worked with Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to support its plans to improve the energy efficiency of local housing. We hope that through engaging with the local community and bringing our energy education workshops to local schools we can continue to build on the strong relationships we’ve already developed and offer more support to our local communities.”
Sophie Whitehead, Teacher at Fairfield Road Primary School in Droylsden, said: “The pupils have thoroughly enjoyed E.ON’s Creative Conductors workshop and it’s encouraged them to get hands-on and to think about the topic of energy in a fun and engaging way. The class really enjoyed trying something new, and fully embraced the challenges they were set during the workshop. It was a lively session, and judging by the music produced, the Year 5 children quickly came to understand that just about any material that can conduct electricity, can work in this set-up.”
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’s Energise Anything programme also includes online parent and 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