Engineers Good Ideas! (KS1)

Build your tool kit of engineering skills to solve real world problems.
  • Engineers Good Ideas!

    How do you move the mail under London? Train to be a Mail Rail engineer and uncover the layers beneath our city to solve a real-world problem. Test strong shapes and investigate materials to build a tunnel for moving the mail. Experiment with forces and think scientifically to test good ideas to power a tiny train.

    Students will:

    • Test the strength of shapes for building strong tunnels
    • Investigate materials and their properties
    • Experiment with push and pull forces to move a tiny train


    Curriculum Links

    Science, Design & Technology, History, Maths

  • Key Information:

    • Suitability: KS1
    • Duration: 45 minutes
    • Availability:
      • 2 or 3 classes on Tuesday
      • 1, 2 or 3 classes on Wednesday
    • Activities: Mail Rail ride, Mail Rail exhibition, lunch slot, The Postal Museum exhibition and Engineers Good Ideas! session
    • Optional extra activity: Sorted! Postal Play Space
    • Class size: 20 – 35 students per class
    • Adult to student ratio: Minimum 1:4 (not including additional SEND support)
    • Visit times: Arrival 10:15, departure 13:30-14:15
    • Visit with Mail Rail ride Cost: £180 per class (students and adults within ratios)
    • Visit with Mail Rail ride and Sorted! Cost: £220 per class (students and adults within ratios)

What teachers tell us

“Very informative & tricky concepts explained in a child friendly way” – Year 2 teacher

“Interesting and engaging way to introduce the science and engineering links to the postal system” – Year 1 teacher

Learning resources

Explore our Mail Rail learning resources.

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