Westbridge School

Carl Osborne and Mike Harris Amplifiers, Arduino and Eno.

Westbridge is a Key Stage Four Pupil Referral Unit that caters for students out of mainstream education, often through exclusion. There are a maximum of 32 students, boys and girls with equal numbers in years ten and eleven. Most pupils join the Unit early in year ten and stay until they have completed GCSEs, although it is possible to join during the year. We aim to offer a fresh start in a supportive alternative learning environment. Within a framework of equal opportunities students are encouraged to achieve academically, to develop personally and access work related activities in preparation for their future.

The STEAM group at Westbridge school have been working on amplifiers, Arduino and Eno.

Amplifiers Ryan and Liam have been working hard, including taking kit home, to develop an amplifier – here it is and they’re now fitting it into a box (is the sound louder inside or outside the box – and why`).

Arduino Mike is showing us the Arduino used to program a beautiful digital display in which colours are mixed according to the program – fast you can see the colours changing, slow and you don’t see it real tim but then perceive something has changed. Mike has been working on this box with Eno, the English musician and producer, who has worked witjh Bowie, U2 and Coldplay and has also pursued a variety of multimedia projects in parallel with his music career.
I think it was Ryan who said “Why don’t we hook up the amplifer to the Arduino and the display to create music and colour movement?

Next steps January onwards, they will create and promote their work inspitring others and initial contact has been established with the Spanish team (Jose Bua). Mike has suggested that the team might meet ENO in his music labs to discuss the project.