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Meccano set for Science Museum workshops

Published on: 16th December 2011

Building the future at the Science Museum

The Science Museum and Meccano are teaming up team up to give festive visitors an extra treat with a series of interactive, hands-on family workshops running from 19th to 21st December.

The “Make it with Meccano” workshops in the Flight Gallery are the brainchild of the Science Museum’s Family Programmes team. Visitors will have the opportunity to craft their own Christmas creations using Meccano parts. A competition for the best model will run each day and there will be a prize draw after the workshops finish to win a Meccano star prize.

Sue Barratt, country manager, Meccano Toys (UK) Ltd, says: “Meccano is a wonderful fusion of creativity and construction, with science at its very heart. The workshops are a brilliant opportunity for families to escape from the chaos of Christmas and spend some quality time playing together to create models from a variety of Meccano components.

“The beauty of Meccano is that you’re only limited by your imagination. You can build a model, take it apart and start again and create something completely different, using the very same parts. It has been used by prominent architects, designers and scientists – including Sir Norman Foster and computer pioneer Alan Turing, so it has quite a pedigree and who knows, it could be the inspiration for the world’s next Sir Tim Berners-Lee!”

Anthony Richards, gallery programmes manager, Science Museum, says: “The Museum has a long tradition of providing hands-on learning for children and adults going back to the 1930s. There are so many strong associations for us with Meccano, like them, many scientists and engineers have long admitted hours of their lost youth amongst our working models, demonstrations and exhibits.

“Despite the immediacy of modern toys and interfaces our hands on exhibitions like Launchpad are more popular than ever, giving children direct first hand experience with real phenomena and stretching their imagination and creativity.”

Meccano workshops present the opportunity for visitors to take inspiration from iconic objects and transform Meccano into anything from robots to spacecraft, displaying finished creations alongside world famous engineering.

The workshops run from 11.00-13.00 and in the afternoon from 14.30-16.30.

The Science Museum is also celebrating the wonder of robots throughout December, comprising robot workshops, demonstrations, installations and object handling sessions. For more details visit www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

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