The centre has teamed up with Meccano and the International Society of Meccanomen (ISM) to bring together the ‘Meccano Madness’ event which is set to take place on November 7th and 8th.
The event will feature hands-on activities including road testing Meccano’s latest remote control cars on the centre’s Mars Yard; taking part in a spy robot game using its Spykee robots, constructing a creation out of Meccano in the challenge area and the opportunity to help with the build of a giant Meccano rocket.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landings, a giant Apollo 11 model will be on display, which stands at almost two metres. There will also be extensive displays of Meccano models, both large and small, built by enthusiasts from across the UK and beyond as well as a number of vintage models.
Sue Barratt, country manager of Meccano, said: “Meccano is thrilled to be the star attraction at such a prestigious venue. The ambitious exhibition will really highlight how Meccano has evolved from the traditional nuts and bolts construction sets many people remember to much more progressive designs including flexible plastic and metal parts as well as incorporating the latest in technology to bring remote control, voice activation and many other exciting elements to the ranges.
“The ISM has worked hard to bring together the many Meccano Clubs and their members in order to create an impressive display of Meccano models, which demonstrate with a bit of vision there really are no limitations with Meccano.”
The exhibition has been careful to stay true to the National Space Centre’s roots with many space related models and activities for the visitor to enjoy.
Malika Andress, head of marketing at the National Space Centre, added: “It is an honour to work with a global brand like Meccano on an event for fans and families alike.
"With an amazing history and some even more amazing advances we cannot wait to see not only an exhibition of this engineering marvel, but also the opportunity to mix Meccano with space exploration for some real hands-on fun for children of all ages to enjoy, even the really big ones.”