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Need for Speed – Schools

Why do we keep trying to go faster? How do we travel at top speeds? Find out in this fun, interactive science show

Your students will discover how they can use their knowledge of forces and magnets to make train travel faster. From the earliest steam engine to ideas of the future, this is a story of innovation and improvement.

Continue the learning and find the engines from the show in real life in Great Hall, where you will find our replica Stephenson's Rocket, Mallard, the Japanese bullet train, Intercity 125 and the world's first maglev train.

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NEED FOR SPEED IS PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE HM GOVERNMENT’S YEAR OF ENGINEERING PROGRAMME MADE POSSIBLE WITH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF: