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This October half term, the National Railway Museum’s biggest event ‘Future Engineers’ returns for a second year, promising a series of free, hands-on activities and shows for the whole family.
Visitors will be challenged to discover their hidden engineer and to find out more about how the railways work with fascinating insights into the world of engineering. The programme of live shows, demonstrations and events will run for two weeks during October half term (21 October - 5 November) and more than 30,000 people from York and across the region are expected to visit.
This year Future Engineers returns with a new theme: ‘Conquering Forces’ and an exciting line up of fun activities including:
Poetrains – York performance poet Dave Jarman will be back in his home city fresh from his residency at the Great Yorkshire Fringe with a new interactive show inspired by his love of the railways.
Under Pressure – this brand-new show will transport visitors deep underground into the world of tunnels to discover amazing feats of engineering and the weird and wonderful effects of pressure on the body.
Rap Science – award-winning science presenter, author and edu-rapper Jon Chase will be visiting York for the first time and dazzling crowds with his unique blend of science and hip-hop.
Engineer Like Me – what is an Engineer? What do they do? Can I be an engineer? What is an engineer’s favourite breakfast cereal? Find out answers to all these questions and more in this interactive gameshow-style session.
Flux: Moving Science – dust off your dancing shoes for this interactive workshop which brings science to life through contemporary dance and theatre. Founded by choreographer and dancer Charlotte Hale, the Flux: Moving Science troupe has performed nationally at the British Science Festival, at the BBC and at Oxford University.
There will also be a host of other exciting activities for young people to explore including the chance to design your own streamlined engine and to discover how magnets are creating the high-speed trains of the future.
Celebrating the past, present and future of rail engineering, the National Railway Museum invites families across York to visit the museum this half term, to discover more about the important work of engineers and to find out how they can shape the railways of tomorrow.
The National Railway Museum is open 10am to 6pm, admission and all Future Engineers activities are free, although some activities must be booked in advance – see here for details: (nrm.org.uk/future-engineers)
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