Head on

School boy trying on a helmet
Get hands-on with real helmets from our handling collection, then use different materials to make and test your own.

Can you build a helmet that will protect a soldier?

Discover helmets from across the history of the Army, and explore the materials and properties that make a great helmet. 

Learners are challenged to create their own protective helmets using a range of different materials, before putting their designs to the test.

This session is 60 minutes long.

The session includes:

  • Scientific enquiry 
  • Make and Take activity
  • Group discussion
  • Team working
  • Handling original and replica objects
  • Gallery visit and related trail (optional)

Curriculum areas:

  • Science
  • Design and Technology
  • Engineering

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