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Forces: Future Engineers

Future Engineers made a fiery return, including a face-to-face encounter with the original Rocket.

Visitors found wonder in the everyday and inspiration in the unexpected in 2019's Future Engineers, which ran throughout October half term.

Here are some highlights from the programme:

Forces: Future Engineers

Investigate the effects of forces on your everyday lives and learn how engineers conquer them in your favourite hands-on challenges, new activity zones and opportunities to meet real engineers.

Our star attraction is StrongWomen Science, a pair of fire-eating circus performers who reveal the science behind their top tricks in a mesmerising show. Want to get more involved? Come along to a Science Circus Skills Workshop after the show to learn more about the science behind the circus. This workshop is suitable for ages 5 and over and it highly recommended you attend the free StrongWomen Science show that starts an hour before the workshop.

Head to the Pressure Zone to squash, sculpt and sketch your way through a world of physics and find out how animals such as the peculiar-looking blobfish are affected by the forces around them.

Slow the pace down a little with a visit to our Engineering is Everywhere living room containing objects with force-defying designs.

Future Engineers is brought to you by Network Rail, Angel Trains, Eversholt UK Rails Group and Porterbrook.

Rocket in Brass, Steel and Fire

Come face-to-face with the original world-changing Rocket and explore our wonderful Brass, Steel and Fire exhibition, which is packed with marvellous miniature locomotives

A great day out

It's not all circuses and science at the National Railway Museum this October half-term. Feel the wind in your hair on our Steam Rides and Miniature Railway or catch a ride on our brand-new Road Train.

Don't forget to refuel at our cafés in Station Hall and Great Hall, where you'll find delicious dishes and tasty treats to keep you going.

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