Aardman Animations has joined forces with Brunel’s SS Great Britain and the Science Museum to introduce an interactive experience engaging children with the work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
The team behind the animated film, Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists has created a new game titled Full Steam Ahead for pupils to play both in the classroom and at home.
The game has been designed to teach pupils of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s determination to succeed and problem solving abilities.
The game takes the player through a series of ship building challenges, based on those that Brunel faced throughout his career.
Completing the challenges earns players more money to fund the creation of the ‘ultimate ship’ .
The Aardman development is just part of a three year project called Mums and Schools, aiming to give 8000 Bristol children the chance to visit Brunel’s ss Great Britain. It is part of a national initiative supported by Arts Council England.
Rhian Tritton, director of conversation and education, said: "When we set out on our mission to inspire so many Bristol school children with the work of Brunel and the ss Great Britain, we knew that we would have to venture into the ritual world.
"Alongside the activities they’ll take part in here, at the ship we thought the best way to keep that excitement going is to provide them with a platform that enables the pupils and their families to extend their experience, even when they’re at home.
"Full Steam Ahead certainly does that and we’re excited to share it with everyone."
Head of digital at Aardman Animations, Lorna Probert, added: "This has been an inspiring opportunity to work with the ss Great Britain Trust to translate the wealth of material and knowledge about this historical ship into a fun and engaging experience for children.
"The game simulates the challenges that Brunel faced allowing childen to learn from them in the same way that he did."
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