Lego© Works Car Factory

The Lego© Works Car Factory program explores how early cars were made and how Henry Ford used the assembly line to make cars quickly and cheaply. Students examine a real Ford Model T comparing and contrasting it to cars of today. Students work in a team environment to make cars using Lego©.


Suitable for years R-3.

Students will view historical footage and look closely at a real 1921 T Model Ford in the Museum collection, introducing them to topics such as industrialisation,  history and change and the impact of technology in our everyday life.

They will create a small scale vehicle as part of a team and enjoy understanding problem solving, coordination and team work. Each student receives a special badge to acknowledge that they have participated in the Lego building activity.

Curriculum Links


  • Compare objects from the past with those from the present and consider how places have changed over time (ACHASSI006, ACHASSI023, ACHASSI039)
  • Pose questions about past and present objects, people, places and events
  • Draw simple conclusions based on discussions, observations and information displayed in pictures and texts and on maps (ACHASSI008, ACHASSI025, ACHASSI041)
  • Differences and similarities between students’ daily lives and life during their parents’ and grandparents’ childhoods (ACHASSK030)
  • How changing technology affected people’s lives (at home and in the ways they worked, travelled, communicated and played in the past) (ACHASSK046)

Concepts for developing historical thinking

The content provides opportunities for students to develop humanities and social sciences understanding through key concepts including significance, continuity and change, cause and effect, place and space, interconnections and perspectives and action.