From Steam Carriage to Supercar!

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Explore the development of automotive engineering in Australia from the very first motorised vehicle made in Australia to the very last locally produced car. A guided education program where students take an active part in each step along the journey.

Suitable for Years 5 to 9


From Steam Carriage to Supercar’ is a facilitated education program at the National Motor Museum at Birdwood in South Australia featuring seven iconic Australian vehicles from the very first powered vehicle, through to the last locally produced car. Students will see the amazing technological advancements and learn the interesting social histories of each of these vehicles, giving a broad understanding of how the motor car has developed over time.

“The best way to learn, is to teach others!”

By doing some preliminary guided research before coming to the Museum students will be instrumental in helping to deliver education content by using a range of widgets, game play, some drama skits and even a ‘great debate’.  A Museum facilitator will guide the students throughout this ninety minute journey. A full course booklet with pre-visit activities can be sent out prior to the visit.


STEM widget for education program

Students use a range of widgets to explain STEM principles.