Balloon Buggies

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Balloon Buggies is a fun, practical workshop in which the pupils have the opportunity to investigate factors affecting the movement of a balloon-powered buggy. Initial investigations are with Lego, then the children make their own buggy with wood and plastic and test it.

The aims are to provide Year 5 and 6 pupils with an enjoyable and stimulating workshop; to investigate the design possibilities of a balloon powered buggy using Lego; to develop their ideas and explain them clearly, planning their own buggy within certain boundaries. They are encouraged to measure accurately and use tools properly to measure, mark out, cut using a junior hacksaw, assemble, join and combine components accurately. They will also learn how use the tools safely and properly, to test the buggy (which they keep) and then race others. Finally they reflect on the design, identifying ways it could be improved.

This workshop requires use of the school hall.

To book this workshop, please email Helen Bailey


5 & 6

A whole day: 2 x 2 1/2 hours sessions/workshops at £390 per day
Morning only: 1 x 2 1/2 hours sessions/workshops at £265 per morning
All materials and equipment provided. Maximum class numbers = 30 pupils


You will need to provide 4 adult helpers in addition to the class teacher for each session/workshop