Growing Sound is a cross-curricular workshop and collection of teaching resources, for primary and secondary schools. It explores music, the physics of sound and plant biology and culminates in students making musical instruments from fruit and vegetables.
In the following videos two workshops are described one at Lightoaks Junior School, Salford the other at St Saviour's and St Olave's School.
Growing Sound uses group discussion and problem solving to encourage children to develop original ideas. As the work is based on oral and physical activities ,all pupils have an opportunity to demonstrate their ideas, regardless of their literacy skills or special needs.
Pilot workshops have been successfully carried out at a number of schools and a large resource of teaching materials have been developed which are accessible on this site.
The aims of growing sound are:
- To work on the music/engineering/science interfaces to inspire pupils to realise all are capable of being engineers and scientists.
- To increase pupils’ understanding of the physics of sound, including echoes, sound absorption and resonance.
- To increase pupils’ understanding of plant biology, i.e. the underlying biological characteristics of the materials.
- To demonstrate that engineering encompasses many disciplines.
- To provide opportunities for teachers to work together across the curriculum.
- To show pupils that science can be creative and fun!
Growing sound is part of a collaborative project called Sound Matters which aims to promote engineering and science. Growing Sound has been developed by a network of Universities (Salford and Southampton) and top science communicators in the UK.
Eugene is South African percussionist, composer, poet, educationist and animator.
Steve Mesure a professional science communicator and physicist.
The project is coordinated from the Universities of Salford and Southampton and is supported by academics from both institutions.
Growing Sound was funded via the EPSRC Stages award, Sound Matters (jointly held with ISVR, University of Southampton and Acoustics research centre, University of Salford) Sound Matters supports a range of public engagement activities in Acoustic Engineering.