Inventors Wanted

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Pearl class thoroughly enjoyed their visit the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. They took part in a workshop called 'Inventors Wanted.' This exciting show inspired curiosity, drawing out questions about real-life figures and basic engineering concepts and celebrating creativity and invention. The children travelled back in time to 1885 and met the Salford-based inventor, Hans Renold, who was working on the invention of his bush roller chain, a device that will change the world. The children tested inventions in his workshop, learning how to transfer motion and the forces involved by experimenting with cogs and gears. When Hans is challenged to a Penny Farthing race, he has to work out how to adapt the Penny Farthing to create a new, quicker type of bicycle, with a little help from his friend, the engineer J K Starley, and the children of course. Now, if only we had a chain to link the Penny Farthing's wheels...

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The children learned about two significant designers and inventors, who together created the world's first safety bicycle and about the different methods used in engineering to transfer motion--cogs, gears, sprockets and chains. They discovered the role of Victorian Lancashire as the home of invention, with a wealth of world-changing developments at the heart of the Industrial Revolution.

They then toured the museum, they watched machine and engine demonstrations and then they explored and solved science problems in the interactive room 'Experiment.'

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