IN PICTURES: Good Vibrations in Shieldhill

There were a lot of Good Vibrations going on at Shieldhill Primary, but it wasn't from The Beach Boys as pupils uncovered the mysteries of music and explored the science of sound.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 9th March 2017, 3:15 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:05 am
Picture: Michael Gillen
Picture: Michael Gillen

The primary five children were treated to interactive workshops from Generation Science, a touring programme of science shows delivered by the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

They looked at what sound is and investigated pitch, volume and amplification. The hour-long session was packed with illuminating demonstrations featuring slow motion videos, digital voice recordings and an air zooka.

Teacher Mary Lockhart said: “Primaries four and five thoroughly enjoyed this lively and interactive science show. It was a fun and creative workshop that brought the science of sound to life, allowing the children to be actively involved as they were learning. We would welcome this team back to school again.”

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Picture: Michael Gillen

The sessions, which visit schools across the district and the rest of the country, are supported by chemical firm Syngenta, which has a base in Grangemouth.

Joe Smith from Syngenta said: “These novel and creative workshops are a fantastic way to bring science and technology concepts to the classroom in an engaging and interactive way.

“Syngenta is proud to sponsor Generation Science in the Falkirk area. It is a great opportunity to forge closer links with the local community and to improve the general perception of science for the pupils.”

Generation Science manager Joan Davidson said: “We are delighted that local companies like Syngenta continue to invest in our education programme for schools.

Picture: Michael Gillen

“With their support we are able to look at how we can increase interest in STEM subjects and hopefully encourage more children to look at science as a future career.”

For more information on Generation Science 2017 visit