Inspiring the engineers of tomorrow
The audience were thrilled and witnessed a science lesson unlike any other, with bags of inspiration to boot. The aim of the show was to get children excited about physics, and it certainly struck a chord with Erlend Eskvik, a Year 6 pupil at Jåtten school:
“I think it's a really good idea to mix different subjects together so that unexpected things happen,” he says with typical sixth-grader enthusiasm.
In partnership with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Statoil has arranged Lydo for several thousand school children since 2015. Who says physics experiments have to be performed in the classroom or lab? They can just as well be performed on stage, accompanied by a full orchestra.
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“Through Statoil’s talent programme, Heroes of Tomorrow, we intend to inspire interest in science among children and young people at an early age. We strongly believe that events like Lydo increase interest in so-called ‘boring’ subjects, and we hope this will help raise awareness about all the exciting opportunities STEM subjects can offer,” says Cathrine Instebø, sponsorship manager at Statoil.
We want to illustrate the connection between music and physics in a fun way
Ingvild Rosenberg, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra's education and outreach coordinator.
Seeing their own feelings
During the concert performances, the pupils could follow people’s brainwaves live on the big screen on stage. Volunteers from the audience had a brain scanner attached to their heads, making it possible to see how their brains reacted to the music.
One of the volunteers was Statoil's vice president of communications in DPN, Øistein Johannessen.
“I am a little nervous, as I am going to have my brain scanned to see if there is any connection between the right and left hemispheres”, he said. And as the musicians played, the audience could see whether Johannessen was happy, moved or upset by the performance on stage.
“It was great fun seeing how my brain reacted, and it seems there is contact up there”, Johannessen laughed.