The Motorworks© Education program is based around the assembly line production of the Model T Ford. Students take on the role of a production worker on a simulated assembly line producing cardboard replicas of the Model T Ford.
Suitable for years 3-9.
In this program students learn about the introduction of the assembly line and the impact it had on vehicle manufacturing. As a group students will simulate an assembly line to build a cardboard replica of a Model T Ford. Each student will have a different task and some will be supervisors of a section. At the end of manufacturing the students can take one of the Model T’s home.
The opportunities for student learning are diverse and the program links well with the Australian Curriculum and is informed by the ‘Teaching for Effective Learning’ (TfEL) framework.
Students undertaking this education program will:
- Develop an understanding about the Model T Ford and why it was such as success at the time.
- Learn the principles of how an assembly line works and why it is a more efficient way of producing cars than any method previously used.
- Understand the effectiveness of teamwork in a production process.
- Develop a problem solving approach to learning.
- Develop an understanding of the inherent problems associated with working as an assembly line worker.
- Develop an understanding of the hierarchical nature of working in a factory back in the early part of the twentieth century.
- Understand the concept of quality control in a manufacturing process.
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