Technology activities to enthuse all ages
With the motorcar undergoing tremendous technological change and focus shifting more towards electrification, one would have thought that a motor museum would be the last place to spark interest in engineering among the young.
Yet, you would be wrong. Based in Gaydon, Warwickshire, the British Motor Museum has announced a fortnight of ‘STEAM’ based educational activities (covering Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Maths disciplines) to boost awareness, passion and engagement outside of a traditional classroom. Held between March 2nd and 13th and aimed at children in Key Stages 2 & 3, a new range of interactive activities enhances learning about not only the past but also the future.
Each activity will take approximately 20 minutes to maintain the ‘fun’ element, where students can participate in events as diverse as designing a futuristic cut-out Land Rover, ‘road-testing’ remote-controlled Jaguar D-Type models around a bespoke racetrack and learning about gears and ratios in a LEGO workshop.
…and for the adults
Should you be looking to buy a classic car, it is a good idea to become familiar with the ownership experience. It is easy to forget how cossetting modern cars have become, therefore easing yourself into the experience is not a bad idea, especially from a safety point of view. Scheduled for the 4th of April, the British Motor Museum is hosting ‘Is a Classic Car for you?’ that will guide you not only on the theoretical aspects of old car ownership but it will also include basic practical workshop based maintenance sessions.
Should you own an historic vehicle already, ‘Living With a Classic’ gives existing owners the chance to enhance their skills covering maintenance, paintwork enhancement and fault-finding. The first session takes place on the 19th of April, with the second part being hosted on 16th of May.
Finally, as many photographers agree that cars are one of the most challenging of objects to photograph, consider up-grading your camera skills with the ‘Car Photography Introductory Workshop’, scheduled for the 8th of March. A more advanced session on lighting vehicles will be offered on the 22nd of March.
For more information, log into the British Motor Museum’s website https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/