School Projects

The Education Team work on a range of projects with local schools

The Tank Museum Engineering Challenge

Each year in January, teams of pupils from Secondary Schools across Dorset are pitted against each other to successfully negotiate an obstacle course using Lego tanks that they have designed and built themselves.

The challenge is designed to get Secondary School pupils excited about engineering by taking part in a practical, hands on competition. Bournemouth University, Harewood College and The Tank Museum work together to plan and host the day. For more information about taking part contact the Education Team.

Engineering Challenge_website








Purbeck at War

The Purbeck at War project is run by Purbeck School and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and aims to help young people better understand the impact of war on the local landscape and people. As part of the project pupils from local primary schools visited the Museum for a day of activities themed around the First World War.

The Museum also worked with pupils from Purbeck School to explore an area of land north of Bovington to search for the remains of trenches that were originally dug for the first tank crews to practice on. The Dorset Glider club kindly allowed us to access the land, and pupils used GPS devices to map the outline of the trench systems.

purbeck glider website








Science After School Club

The Tank Museum works with Lulworth and Winfrith school to offer a Science After School Club for star pupils in the Purbeck area. The fun, problem solving activities on offer at the club have inspired pupils to increase their knowledge of science and engineering. The group have discovered how to float a tank, built a projectile launcher and constructed a bridge to support the weight of a remote control vehicle. As well as building children’s knowledge of science, the club aims to help the group make new friends and learn teamwork skills. Pupils attend from primary schools across the Purbeck area, and the club is held at the Museum every half term.

STEM club website