One of four programmes - featuring wool, paper, glass and steel - the series has been commissioned by BBC Learning to be used as part of the national curriculum and has been broadcast on BBC2 in the New Year. It continues to be broadcast on BBC iPlayer.
The story filmed at Eggborough shows sand becoming glass and how it eventually becomes part of a school window. Two children from the local Hensall primary school were auditioned to feature in the show and ask some rather tricky questions of Susan Lambeth, Senior Product Manager.
Staff at Saint-Gobain Glass are becoming accustomed to seeing camera crews around the shopfloor: TV presenter Richard Hammond has previously been filmed dropping bowling balls on to annealed and laminated glass as part of the BBC’s ‘Engineering Connections’ series and more recently SGG engineers helped to build a rig that was used by football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to show how many panes of glass he could smash his way through with a single shot.
“We are becoming stars of the small screen!” joked Susan. “But seriously, we really enjoy having the film crews here to show the science behind what most people consider a commodity product. It is also a very important part of our philosophy as a manufacturer to support our local community and we were thrilled that the BBC chose to involve children from a nearby primary school.”
Children from a local school starred with SGG UK’s Susan Lambeth in the BBC Science programme ‘Curious Cats Science’ when it was filmed at the company’s Eggborough plant recently.