The Tank Museum | School Projects

School Projects

The Education Team work on a range of projects with local schools


The Tank Museum Engineering Challenge

Each year in January, teams of pupils from Secondary Schools across Dorset and other counties are pitted against each other to successfully negotiate an obstacle course using Lego tanks that they have designed and built themselves.

The challenge is designed to get Secondary School pupils excited about engineering by taking part in a practical, hands on competition. Bournemouth University, Harewood College and The Tank Museum work together to plan and host the day. For more information about taking part contact the Education Team.

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Jon Egging Trust

The John Egging Trust (JET) was set up in memory of Red Arrows pilot Jon Egging who tragically lost his life at the 2011 Bournemouth Air Festival. JET employs a partnership approach linking with key organisations and companies connected to aviation, engineering and science. The Tank Museum has been working with JET since 2015 to provide workshops for children who have taken part in their Blue Skies programme.

The children have used remote control tanks to learn how the army work tactically in teams, climbed inside tanks to understand how crews communicate and been inspired by real tank commanders of the First World War such as Cecil Sewell and Elliott Hotblack.

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STEM After School Club

The Tank Museum works with the Purbeck Education Partnership to offer a STEM Club every month at the museum from January to July. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and the club is aimed at high achieving pupils in the Purbeck area. The fun, problem solving activities on offer at the club have inspired pupils to increase their knowledge of science and engineering. The group have discovered how to float a tank, programme a Lego tank and explore different types of materials found on armoured vehicles. As well as building children’s knowledge of science, the club aims to help the group make new friends and learn teamwork skills.

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