Crash testing - high velocity eggsporter

Learn how vehicles are designed to keep us safe in a collision, and use your knowledge to protect an egg passenger during a real crash test.

  • Credit: Royal Institution / T Mitchell


  • Key Stage 3

  • Key Stage 4


This workshop is designed for students between the ages of 11 and 15 years old, and lasts for around four hours including a 30 minute break for lunch (not provided).

The maximum group size is 24. Actual group sizes depend on age and circumstance, for more info contact the team at

In this workshop students will be building and crash testing a vehicle on a specially designed rig. They shall redesign and build their own model car with the aim to produce a weaker crumple zone and stronger passenger cell, the aim being to keep their egg passenger alive! Students will analyse the results of their efforts using high speed photography. During the workshop students shall also learn about vehicle safety and forces in a very practical way.

This workshop was developed with Dinos Visvikis of the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL).

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