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One of the most creative and imaginative projects to emerge from our Blue Coat For All project has undoubtedly been Science Ceilidh. Devised by Old Blue and Neuroscientist Lewis Hou, from the Class of 2008, Science Ceilidh is an award winning educational organisation that uses Scottish dancing to teach scientific concepts.

Based in Edinburgh, Lewis returned to Blue Coat to deliver a series of fascinating Science Ceilidh workshops in October. Working alongside former Physics teacher Mr Caulkin, Lewis provided a great insight into the science and physics of sound, demonstrating how sound is created through an organ pipe. The ‘slinky orchestra’ proved to be one of the most popular elements of the workshop, with laser sound effects created whilst singing along to the Star Wars theme tune being played on the Chapel organ.

Over the course of four days 172 pupils from local primary and specialist schools, 40 neighbours from charity Liverpool Cares as well as 50 parents, Old Blues and friends of the School and 50 Year 7 Blue Coat students, participated in the workshops. In spite of his packed timetable, Lewis also found time to deliver two careers talks on psychology and neuro-science to our Sixth Form students.

For Year 5 Kensington Primary School student Keira reflecting on her Science Ceilidh experience, “I loved being in the slinky orchestra and the way the slinkies made a zap noise, letting us play on the organ and the dancing. The school is 311 years old and still beautiful.”

Abbot’s Lea Autism Specialist School Mr Ryan Mason, said: “The way the students and speakers interacted and communicated with the students was fantastic and very understanding of their needs. The dancing was particularly well-received and it was good to see a Blue Coat student participate by playing the organ.”

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Lewis for sharing his passion and enthusiasm for science and music and we look forward to welcoming him back to Blue Coat in the future for yet more scientific adventures.


If you would like to get involved and support our Blue Coat For All Pipe Up campaign, which has so far raised over £15,000 to support extra-curricular music activities and our new organ scholarship, please click here.

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