The maths and science behind plastic sound
Last year, I had the great privilege to visit the head office of Scholastic Education in New York. Scholastic was founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine. Today, Scholastic books and educational materials are in tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes worldwide. Needless to say, I was intrigued why they wanted to meet us. With pBones in tow, I met with Alexa Kurzius one of the editors of DynaMath Magazine – https://dynamath.scholastic.com/
Alexa explained that DynaMath Magazine uses real-world maths to build the skills for students. Every issue makes core maths concepts relevant and engaging by showing students exciting ways to apply them in the real world. As a musician herself, she wanted to tell the pBone story and highlight the maths and science we used behind the innovation of our products. Alongside an article, the article includes a number of questions for students to try such as:
- Q) A brass trombone weighs 1 1/2 kg. A pBone weighs 1/2 that weight. What does a pBone weigh? What is the difference in weight between 3 brass trombones and 3 pBones?
As well as the article, Alexa and I talked about using video to really enhance the story and allow students to see and hear how the instruments perform. She wrote an engaging script aimed at 3rd – 6th Grade in the United States and back in the UK we commissioned our expert video production team of Simon Russell and IDM-Media http://www.idm-media.com. Finally, we found a venue for video shoot – a school of course! – and we were grateful to Mr and Mrs Assinder for allowing us to use Twycross Pre-Preparatory School in Warwickshire.
Having studied Maths and Science throughout my schooling, culminating in an Engineering degree from the University of Warwick, it was a wonderful opportunity to share with hundreds of thousands of students the maths and science background of the pBone and the value of these skills in innovation.
Warwick Music Group