Egg-citing news from museum

By Barrie Hudson - 24 July 2020

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Lyneham's REME Museum is challenging budding engineers to build their own self-powered egg-transporting vehicles to win prizes.

  • The competition is open to four age groups

    The competition is open to four age groups

The competition, which runs from 27 July to 31 August, asks entrants to create an egg-cellent vehicle which can roll, slide or move, all while safely transporting a standard chicken’s egg. 

Entrants can use recycled and household materials, such as cardboard, plastic bottles, straws and lids but cannot buy special items - they must make everything themselves.

The competition is open to all and there are four age categories - 7 and under, 8 to 11, 11 to 16 and 16-plus. The winner of each category will receive a £25 e-shopping voucher. 

Every young person aged 16 and under who enters will also receive a free entry ticket for themselves, when accompanied by a fee paying adult. 

The museum tells the story of the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. 

Education Officer Andrew Skelton said: “This summer we wanted to challenge local families to create their own egg-transporting vehicle. While the world remains a bit different, this is a fun STEM (Science, Engineering, Maths and Technology) project you can work on together at home. Why not create a vehicle as a family?

“To launch the competition and give you some inspiration, we will be releasing a YouTube video on July 27 showing how to make a simple self-powered vehicle using a rubber band. You’ll also find information about the competition on our website and social media accounts. Every child who enters gets a free entry ticket to the museum, so get cracking!”

People can enter by sending photos of videos of their vehicles in action to rememuseumchallenge@gmail.com along with information about the materials used. 

The museum will share its favourite vehicles on its Facebook and Instagram feeds.

The REME Museum will upload weekly STEM challenges during the summer holiday. Details can be found at www.rememuseum.org.uk 

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