October half-term Terrifying Tunnels and Defying Density
Date(s) - 28/10/2021
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
October Half-Term at the Brunel Museum
Thursday 28 October to Saturday 30 October
This half term, descend into darkness and explore the underground world of tunnels. Try creating your own tunnel or lava lamp in our hands on STEM workshops, or venture into the depths with our VR experience showing the experience of today’s tunnellers.
Terrifying Tunnels and defying density
Thursday 28 October | Workshops at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3pm
Tunneling is never easy and underwater tunneling is even harder. As well as the constant threat of collapse, you’ve got explosions and flooding to contend with! The weight of the earth you’re digging under can cause it to collapse. Discover how the density of the earth can affect tunneling – by creating your own lava lamp! Or have a go at creating your own tunnel in this hands on workshop – will it be terrific, or terrifying?
Marc Brunel faced many challenges when digging the Thames Tunnel. See if you can overcome them when you create your own fun mud and create a tunnel to go underneath!
Engineers need to understand the ground they are building on, or tunnelling in, to make sure their designs will work in real life. The more dense an area of soil is – the more it will weigh, so the tunnel must not be crushed underneath it! Defy density by creating your own lava lamp!