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Objects of Invention: Family Day Event

In collaboration with education staff from the Museum and community volunteers, the team of young engineers took part in planning and deliverying the family day event which took place on Saturday 9th March 2013, 10am-4pm.

The event provided an opportunity for the engineers to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for engineering with adult and family audiences engaging them with the hands-on activities including demonstrations of some of intriguing devices such as water pumps, navigational gyroscopes, stethoscopes and blood pressure monitoring machines. These objects and demonstrations were related to objects in the Museum’s collection.

The programme also included tours of the collection highlighting ‘objects of invention’, a family friendly trail, the Mousetrap workshop brought to the Museum by Science Oxford, making crystal radios, demonstrations of  superconducting magnets, a model of Brunel’s atmospheric railway, and a meg-Lego suspension bridge challenge!

View the full programme: Programme for Objects of Invention

‘explanations were filled with passion and insightful examples’

‘we thoroughly enjoyed the demonstrations with lively helpers’

‘we were encouraged by the fact that new students were reflecting on old inventions – it was great to see the development of ideas