Conducting Nature

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

Cost per session: £4 per child

Experience Jason Singh’s sound installation, Plant Blindness, which uses naturally occurring ‘biodata’ from plants to create a musical score, find out about the electrical signals within 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.

This session runs alongside the Jason Singh sound installation: Plant Blindness

Wollaton Hall, Camellia House, 21st September 2019- Spring 2020

https://www.wollatonhall.org.uk/events/plant-blindness-jason-singh/

https://youtu.be/1zNcnNW6iSs

 

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