On Wednesday 2nd August 2017, Engilina’s Trains officially left the platform.

We had a great Launch Day, held at Queensland Museum’s “The Workshops rail museum” in Ipswich (west of Brisbane).

After an introduction by Mr Chris Nielsen (Engineers Australia – President QLD chapter) the book was officially launched by Ms Julie Mitchell (Department of Transport and Main Roads), who gave the kids a great reflection on what she enjoyed as a kid and how that love of exploration and investigation not only fuelled her own desire to follow a STEM profession but is the same motivation that has created all the amazing technological advances of our era.

Being the Chief Engineer for Department of Transport and Main Roads, Julie has a great understanding of the importance of trains in our country’s transport history – and she was certainly an inspiration to listen to.  Thank you so much Julie.

Andrew gave a great rev-up (as usual_ to all the kids and school who had attended. Following the launch, the various school groups broke off to get stuck into some fun activities throughout the Workshops – including a tour by the Workshops staff of the exhibits.

 

In “Magic magnets” Andrew taught the kids how using repelling magnetic waves reduces friction – then getting them to create their very own magnet-powered fidget spinners.

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In “Wonderful Wheels” the kids investigated how the different type of wheel profiles can help a wheel-set stay on track.

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And in “Fantastic Future”, Ben ran a presentation giving a synopsis of train development over history, then getting the kids to design their own trains.  They were an exceptionally creative group.

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To assist with the days activities we also had help from none other than Engibear and Engilina themselves.  Truly bringing them to life – thanks to the wonderful work of SkyeHighStudios.  And we have plenty of other family and friends along to help too.

Finally, thanks so much to Mandy Hartfiel from QLD museum for her tireless hard work helping us get ready as well as taking the kids (and us) on a tour of the Workshops.  It is easy to see how much Mandy truly loves her museum and the importance that STEM history has in the education of young and old.

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