Conducting Nature

Duration: 1.5 hours | 10.30am–12pm or 1pm–2.30pm

Cost per session: £5 per child

Explore the beautiful Camellia House at Wollaton Hall, find out about electrical signals in plants and what they can tell us.

The group will explore and create simple circuits, discovering and testing the conductivity of a range of materials.  These discoveries will then be used to create conductive plant sculptures. 

Using Makey Makey technology (https://makeymakey.com/) the group will turn their plant sculptures, foraged materials and plants into controllers and use them to play a digital keyboard, creating their own plant inspired music and sounds.

 

Curriculum links

Science: Electricity: identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes. Recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit . Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.

Plants: Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science: identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants; explore the requirements of plants for life and growth; recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things; identify how sounds are made;

Computing: select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information