Join the science fun at Scarborough library

This story was published 7 March 2019

Young people will be able to inspect fossils, make music, master Morse code and find out about computer code when Scarborough library celebrate British Science Week with free drop-in events on Saturday, 16 March.

Children record seaside sounds

Hidden Horizons, the Scarborough-based science education company, will take along a fascinating collection of ancient fossils for fossil handling sessions. There will also be the opportunity to do hands-on experiments, including making music on a banana keyboard and mastering Morse code on a Microbit. 

On show, too, will be the work of the ECOde Project. Supported by the Essential Life Skills fund, the library has been working with local environmental charity Invisible Dust on this exciting project, which runs until July. Participants learn computer coding, using programmes such as Scratch and Sonic Pi.  In this first part of the project, the ECOde group, aged between eight and 13, has been capturing local sounds of the sea, bird song in parks and underwater noises using special hydrophones – microphones that record sound in water – and will be on hand to reveal the results of their work, including an exciting live “streambox” capturing sounds from the roof of the library.

Rob Mackay, sound artist for the project, said: “The ECOde project is a great idea for getting the kids to become more aware of their environment and changes in it through coding and technology. Working with sound and listening to the sounds of Scarborough has allowed the participants to gain a wider awareness of the environment of the area, simply by listening to the soundscape.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “I am delighted that the library is offering this opportunity for young people to be inspired by science and for everyone to see the exciting work the ECOde group have been doing.”

The events will take place between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Picture shows: One of the ECOders records seaside sounds in Scarborough