Cranes and Hydraulics

Young people work in a team with an engineering ambassador, making and operating robotic arms to contextualise scientific principles. They engage in an interactive educational show about the science and take part in demonstrations of modern technology including robotics, bio-mechanics, CAD, heavy lifting and access equipment

Crane workshops, explore themes such as:

  • Engineering heritage
  • Lifting technology's impact on the built environment
  • The implications of robotics on the future
  • Engineering lifestyle and careers
  • Teamwork and the skills needed for success and happiness in work and life
  • Scientific principles
  • Construction skills

 


 

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Cranes for Key Stage 2 and 3 (Ages 9 to 12)

Workshops are held in museums, construction industry trade fairs, schools and on-board a ship in Bristol's Harbour giving young people the chance to operate a cargo crane.

What Happens

  1. Team-building - teams of four meet their engineering ambassadors and feedback findings to the room
  2. Science demonstrations: forces, mechanical advantage and hydraulics 
  3. Building challenge - construct the robotic arm from basic parts, creating a wrist, elbow and shoulder capable of lifting from floor to table from card, tubing, split pins and paper clips.
  4. Meet the experts - talks and demonstrations and the chance to operate a crane
  5. Compete with the robotic arm - time trials separated by time for identifying defect and engineering improvements
  6. Winners awarded and round up 

 

Cranes for Key Stage 3 and 4 (Ages 13 to 15)

Workshops are held in museums, construction industry trade fairs, schools and on-board a ship in Bristol's Harbour giving young people the chance to operate a cargo crane.

What Happen?

  1. Team-building - teams of four meet their engineering ambassadors and feedback findings to the room
  2. Science demonstrations: forces, mechanical advantage and hydraulics 
  3. Building challenge - construct the robotic arm from basic parts, creating a wrist, elbow and shoulder capable of lifting from floor to table from card, tubing, split pins and paper clips.
  4. Design, construct and test an improvement or a new design to meet a lifting and access challenge
  5. Meet the experts - talks and demonstrations and the chance to operate a crane
  6. Compete with the robotic arm - time trials separated by time for identifying defect and engineering improvements
  7. Teams present their findings from the day to a panel of experts. Presenting actual and potential improvements
  8. Teams present their vision for an aspect of lifting and access technology in the future
  9. Winners awarded and round-up discussion

Costs

Through sponsorship from industry partners or trust funds we aim to provide a day workshop for 30 young people for £350 or less.

The full costs of a day workshop with STEM volunteers and demonstrations from industry partners is £1050.