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Have your own London 2012 experience through ‘The Games and Me’ at Enginuity, Ironbridge Gorge Museums

Have your own London 2012 experience through ‘The Games and Me’ at Enginuity, Ironbridge Gorge Museums in
Celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games this February half-term at Enginuity, one of the 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums, and challenge yourself at the exciting Games and Me event. Between Saturday 11th and Sunday 19th February, you will be able to have your own Olympic experience by testing your speed and reaction times using state-of-the-art equipment as used by professional sports stars and see amazing shows looking at the science behind sport.

The event has been developed in partnership with West Midlands for 2012 as part of the regionwide Games and Me campaign, which aims to encourage and inspire as many people as possible to engage with the London 2012 Games and share their own Olympic or Paralympic experiences and stories at www.facebook.com/thegamesandme.

Traci Dix-Williams, Operations Director commented: “Since the launch of the Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands here in Coalbrookdale in 2008, the Ironbridge Gorge Museums have held various spectacular events, exhibitions and activities. The Games and Me event is just one more example of how people from the region can have their own London 2012 moment here in the heart of the West Midlands. It is fantastic that we are able to put on another event inspired by the Games and give people across the region the opportunity to share their London 2012 stories and experiences.”

In advance of the Jamaican Track and Field team setting up their London 2012 training camp in Birmingham later this year, the centrepiece of the event will be the ‘Beat the Bolt’ challenge where you can race alongside a virtual Usain Bolt to see if you can beat his world record run of 100m in 9.58 seconds, or indeed match his stride of 2.44 meters.  With the commentary flowing and the attempt being filmed for playback evaluation, this is sure to be a popular and challenging activity for all. Other activities will include a ‘Batak Wall’, where you can test the speed of your reactions and peripheral vision, and a speed gun to record how fast you can kick different weight footballs. Many of the Premier League football players and Formula One racing drivers use these training aids to help them improve their performance. 

The Enginuity presenters will also be delivering another of their popular shows in the theatre looking at the science and technical developments behind many of the speed and movement challenges, which athletes have encountered and mastered in Olympic and Paralympic arenas.

You will also be encouraged to record your own greatest sporting moment and which sporting heroes you most admire.

Flight Show
Alongside the Games and Me activities, the local Telford Model Aero Club will be holding a display with a range of presentations, demonstrations and hands-on family activities. You will be able to build and launch a pneumatic rocket and take part in a speed challenge; watch daily indoor flying displays including electric helicopters; look closely at model aircraft and talk to the flying experts.  Activities will vary from day-to-day and some additional costs will apply.

One of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Enginuity is open daily 10am to 5pm. A great value Annual Passport Ticket, to all ten sites, valid for twelve months and unlimited return visits, costs £22.50 per adult, £18.25 for the 60 plus, £14.75 for students and children and £61.50 for a family of two adults and three children aged up to 18 years in full time education; under 5s free. Individual museum entry tickets are also available.

Activities and workshops vary day-to-day and some carry an extra charge in addition to the museum admission fee, for further information, contact the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on Tel: 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk.  The Gorge is easily reached via the M6 and M54 motorways exiting at Telford (M54 junction 4 or 6).


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