Claire George, an IT lecturer at Bridgend College who has already won an Enterprising Teacher UK Award, came up with the idea as part of a SMILE project (Students Motivate and Innovate Learning via Enterprise). She explains, “Basically I came up with the idea to raise the awareness of the decline of the bumble bee as part of bio-diversity week earlier this year. We invited primary schools to come up with ideas for a song and the students from Bridgend College chose their favourite. The pupils of Dolau Primary School were obviously thrilled to be chosen and have gone on to work really hard to record the track and get it all ready for release.”
“It’s not often that you get the primary sector working with the FE sector and it’s been a great way to cross pollinate the two and also to use alternative technology to convey an important and topical environmental message.”
“The pupils have also produced an amazing video which is a spoof of various TV adverts and is hilarious. It’ll be shown at the launch.”
Adam Richards, a lecturer in the Music Technology Department of Bridgend College, guided the pupils though the technical side of creating and producing their CD and has been impressed by their dedication. He says, “The pupils were fantastic in the studio; it’s been a real life project for them they have put in lots of extra hours. Our aim now is to get the CD into the Charts as soon as it’s released so we are keen to make people aware of the Bee Power Song and to get as much support as possible. We have had lots of help from local businesses with mastering the track, artwork and sponsorship,” adds Adam. “Obviously we’re all really grateful and now just want to encourage people to support the pupils by joining us on Facebook and Twitter @beepowersong ; you can then listen to a preview by clicking on Band Profile.”
One of the pupils from Bridgend College, Sean Ellis, whose role was musician and sound engineer, said, “I have really enjoyed working on this project, I have never done anything like it before and it has improved my skills as a guitarist, musician and my progress on my college course.”
The proceeds will be divided between the National Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Size of Wales, a conservation project supported by Prince Charles.
Listen to Bee Power on Radio Wales here.