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Meccano Machines

Use teamwork & tools to create compound machines
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Creative contraption building for the holidays!

The children use hand tools to create simple and complex machines with Meccano during this hands-on workshop. Specifically the kids will learn about levers, pulleys, gear trains, inclined planes and wheel and axles whilst working in pairs or threes.

What's it like? Well, imagine 30 kids all frantically working on their Meccano build project across your classroom floor. Teamwork, problem solving and simply using the simple tools are all part of the challenge - the children absolutely love it and often they haven't even heard of Meccano!

Apart from applications of science and mathematics, this workshop exposes primary kids to the importance of following instructions and provides an avenue towards improving spatial and fine motor skills.

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Get out your tools to complete the challenge!

Lots of fun things for kids to do!

The children really enjoy learning to use tools on Meccano; often they have never held a spanner before. Teamwork is the key here as the task can be broken up into smaller components by each child and then put together later. Generally we have the kids all construct the same moving machine as it represents a fun challenge as a race to the finish. There is an opportunity of course for kids to create their own machine or follow the directions for a different apparatus if they wish however.

Best run in a large open space.

Extend them!

We've had many vacation care centers use this workshop as part of a larger engineering day. In this case it's worth considering having run an egg drop challenge, Lego robotics or similar to produce an awesome activity day the kids will love!

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  • Appropriate for ages 8 and up with a maximum of 30 students per class. Please be advised that if younger children attend they will unlikely have the fine motor skills required to participate fully in the workshop.
  • An open space cleared of furniture. Chairs are not required.
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Set up time 15 minutes and pack up time 15 minutes
  • The nature of this workshop means that some students will finish early whilst others will get within 3/4 of completing their machine due to varying abilities.


  • $580 inc. GST for a 2 hour workshop.
Call 1300 856 828or use this form to enquire or make a booking for your site.
For sites outside of metropolitan areas please contact us to discuss how this workshop can visit your site as part of a regional visit

We don't charge per site as we know that this causes an additional administrative load on your office. Most sites tend to fill the science workshops & shows based on our recommended maximum number of students. If you have any questions please contact us.
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