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- Gears Gears Gears... a Baby Bugatti and a Type 44 Gearbox- Learning The Bugatti Trust style! On Saturday we set up a busy table for the Gretton Science Day we sponsor for the second consecutive year. Learning the Language of gears !

The Language of Gears

Nothing is quite as much fun as spending a day talking gears ! No, seriously. Just depends who you are talking to. The Gretton Science Day (May 20th 2017) is a superb local annual event that brings together lots of 'Science' volunteers running activity tables and booths to give children the opportunity to learn about science topics in a non-schooly (very technical term, especially with the hyphen) way. This year's organisations present included local schools from Gretton and Winchcombe, Cheltenham Science Group, the Mini Professors with whole activity tents full of fun experiments. The hall became home to the Explorer Dome to learn all about the stars, planets, galaxies etc... You could play with sound, fire (yes really, wow Winchcombe School), slime, icing sugar... learn about hydraulics with coloured liquids and a cardboard box hydraulic robot arm (Gretton school you are clever!)... and so much more...

A glimpse of our tent corner. We were very lucky with the weather...

We thought we 'd look at Gears, the right language and what they do, whether on a plastic play set for toddlers or our Type 44 touring box that the children were allowed to put through its paces.

A real eye opener for children! We were asking them if they new how many gears their parents' cars had and were impressed by how many of them knew .They also enjoyed talking about who drove stick or automatic!

Having gone through basic language and terminology of gears, we then moved on to letting them build their own, more ambitious gear trains on a cork board using quite challenging smaller plastic clockwork gears we sourced online. The aim was to make them see the 'driver gear', the 'driven gear' and the 'idler(s)' in action and it was great fun watching them becoming more and more ambitious with their constructions. Parents were fascinated to see their children sit down for up to 10 minutes to do this. Comments included 'I had no idea she knew how to do this', 'He seems fascinated by this, where can I source the material from so that he can play with it at home?'.

Three brothers, three gear trains! As fiddly as it looks but great fun when you get it all moving...

Lessons learned for next year ? Don't panic primary school parents saying that learning about gears is back in the curriculum ! Isn't it ? Levers and pulleys just weren't enough to cover the 'Forces' topic in science. Have better cocktail sticks to make it easier! Bring more tables as we could have had more children doing activities at the same time! Ask David C. and Mark. T to be our volunteers for the day again, they were brilliant! Thank you ! And DO NOT forget to bring the Baby Bugatti again which was a huge success with parents and children alike and for once made teenagers regret their toddler years! But bring on 2018, we will be back. Now for a new topic....

Kaleigh doing a super job!

Wonder what he is thinking: "That's enough talking about gears... can we do some driving now ?" (Gratuitous photo of very cute toddler who had to be pulled out of the Baby Bugatti as he didn't want to get out) (Know the feeling)

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