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Family electric car design (Ages 7+)

When

Tuesday 26 September 2023 from 10:30am to 12pm Tuesday 26 September 2023 from 1:30pm to 3pm Friday 6 October 2023 from 10:30am to 12pm Friday 6 October 2023 from 1:30pm to 3pm

Join industry expert Michael Day from the Australian Electric Vehicle Association to discuss the history and design of electric cars that have been on our roads since the mid-1800s. Their popularity grew until the Ford Model-T arrived in the early 1900s at about one-third of the price, rendering these early electric cars relics.

One hundred years after these cars largely faded into history, our interest has been rekindled as we reconsider transport through the lens of environmental and economic sustainability. Using our Detroit Electric Brougham (1917) car as inspiration, Powerhouse has made a kit for children and their families to construct together and take home. This is a fun introduction to engineering. Family workshops are designed to create conversations between adults and young learners in a shared environment, creating a platform for learning to continue at home.

Construction of the car is required with numerous small parts. Adult assistance is needed.

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