Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the Science Museum and Aardman Animations have joined forces to create an interactive experience that aims to encourage children to engage with culture and the work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. ‘Full Steam Ahead’ has been designed to teach pupils, in the classroom and at home, that Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s determination and resilience to persevere, solve problems and learn from mistakes helped him succeed.
The game takes the player through a series of ship building challenges, based on those that Brunel faced throughout his career. Successfully completing the challenges earns the player more money and stars so they can buy extra parts (engines, propellers, sails, coal and paddles); eventually resulting in the ‘ultimate ship’ that can cut through rough seas, carry more cargo, go the furthest distance and destroy opponents in tug-of-war battles.
This is part of a three year project called Museums and Schools, which aims to give 8,000 Bristol children the chance to visit Brunel’s ss Great Britain during years 6 & 7, as well as return with their families during the summer holidays. It is part of a national initiative supported by Arts Council England.
The game is now available to play via Brunel’s SS Great Britain’s website. It will also be downloadable via the App Store and Google play for free from the beginning of August.