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‘SPEED’ – Half Term Fun at Enginuity, Ironbridge Gorge Museums (13th October 2011)

Over the October half-term, visitors to Enginuity, one of the 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums, will be able to test their speed and reaction times using state of the art equipment as used by professional sports stars. The exciting event ‘Speed’ has been developed working in partnership with West Midlands for 2012 as part of The Games & Me initiative to encourage as many as possible to engage with and connect with the London 2012 Games across the West Midlands and share their stories about how they have been involved.

Traci Dix-Williams, Operations Director commented: ‘We will be using timing gates and speed guns to check how fast visitors can sprint from one end of our huge Engine Shop to the other and a ‘Batak Wall’ to test the speed of their reactions and their peripheral vision. Many of the Premier League football players and Formula One racing drivers use these training aids to help them improve their performance.’  If cricket or baseball are more your sports, there will also be a ‘Speed Gun’ to record how quickly visitors can throw a ball. Traci added: ‘All these activities are part of our on-going Science Sport Life programme celebrating the 2012 Games as part of The Games & Me initiative, and we are delighted to be working with the West Midlands for 2012 to deliver this exciting programme’.

Also part of the ‘Speed’ event at Enginuity is the famous Power Tool Grand Prix which will take place every day during from 22 until 30 October, when amazing activities and demonstrations will reveal how power tools can be converted into speedy racing machines.  Anyone bored with their old Black & Decker, Makita or Bosch power tools should go along to the design and technology attraction in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge for a new take on motor sports and witness the spectacle of interactive shows demonstrating a range of Belt Sander Drag Racers on Enginuity’s giant 25 metre race track.

Visitors can also share their London 2012 aspirations and favourite sporting moments as part of the exhibitions.

A programme of family drop-in activities will also take place during the week, allowing visitors to convert household objects such as dust pan brushes and paint rollers into drag racers and test them on the race track.  There will be a small charge of £2.00 for each model made.

The Enginuity Power Tool Grand Prix 2011 will take place in the Engine Shop and will run from 10.30am until 4pm with a break for lunch.

One of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Enginuity is open daily 10am to 5pm. A great value Annual Passport Ticket, to all ten sites, valid for twelve months and multiple return visits, costs £22.50 per adult, £18.25 for the 60 plus, £14.75 for students and children and £61.50 for a family of two adults and three children aged up to 18 years in full time education; under 5s free. Individual museum entry tickets are also available.

Activities and workshops vary day-to-day and some carry an extra charge in addition to the museum admission fee, for further information, contact the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on Tel: 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk.  The Gorge is easily reached via the M6 and M54 motorways exiting at Telford (M54 junction 4 or 6).