Saturday 18th July until Monday 7th September 2015
Early this year The MAD Museum installed MAD Marbles which is essentially a giant interactive wall for visitors to build their own rolling ball creations on. Using inspiration from around the museum, the wall encourages creative thinking and systematic design but it is a lot of fun! The aim of the game is to use the various track parts to make the marble travel from the top of the wall to the bottom without whizzing off.
This Summer The MAD Museum invites you to invent a new weird and wonderful track part for MAD Marbles.
What do you want on the wall?
Loops and hoops, elevators, slopes, staircases, tubes, spiral tracking, chimes and jumps – the possibilities are endless.
Release your inner inventor! This design competition is open to all age groups, draw your craziest creation and post it to The MAD Museum.
Download the Design Sheet HERE…MAD Marbles Design Sheet
What could you win?
The winner will receive a goodie bag full of MAD treats and their winning track part will be made into a real piece and go on the museum’s MAD Marbles wall. Not only that but the winner’s name will also be printed on the new track piece.
Everyone that uses the triumphant track piece will know it’s yours!
The MAD Museum exhibits mind-blowing artwork from some of the world’s most pioneering inventors, join the illustrious list this Summer!
All entries need to be received by 5pm on Monday 7th September 2015. The Winner will be announced before Friday 11th September 2015.
Sending Your Entries
Design it at home and then drop it in or post it to:
The MAD Museum, 4/5 Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6PT.
Please include your name, age, email address and address with your design.
Any questions please email email@example.com
W: www.themadmuseum.co.uk E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 01789 269 356
Weekdays: 10am – 5pm
Weekends and Holidays*: 10am –5.30pm
(Warwickshire School Holidays & National Bank Holidays) Last entry 45mins before closing time.
Experience what it’s like making artwork in a functioning workshop.
The Team at MAD have opened up their normally off-limits workshop to offer a construction activity to small groups.
Get behind the scenes at The MAD Museum and build your very own piece of automata in the same room machines and sculptures are fixed and assembled every day.
Please note workshops are an add-on service to a group visit, they are not provided as a standalone activity.
|Subject focus||Design Technology, Engineering and Art|
|Places per session||8 places|
|Group supervising ratio||2:8|
|MAD Technicians per session||Up to 2|
|Cost||£6 per kit|
Dates and Bookings: These sessions run during term times and museum opening hours. Please get in touch for availability. Email: click here Tel: 01926 865 839
What you make on the day: The Automata Kits
These pieces demonstrate how crank shafts work.
The kits have a wooden base and little handle which moves the wooden item on top. Each child will construct their own kit, putting the wooden pieces together with the end result being a painted hand cranked piece of automata with the design of their choice on.
These kits are challenging but still simple enough for everyone to construct themselves. The pieces are made to slot together easily in a snug fit so only a very small amount of glue is needed.
Children will choose which shape they would like at the top of their automata piece on the day and will take their made creation away with them after the visit.
A Typical Workshop Visit
A group of around 15 pupils arrive at the museum. Half of the group explore the museum (1 hour) and the only half go straight into the workshop (1 hour). At the mid-way point of the trip, the split groups will switch over activities.
Explore the museum and understand design principals through hands-on learning. Aimed at children aged 7-11yrs (KS2).
Children will be brought into the workshop and be asked to put on aprons (provided by MAD). A member of staff will explain what a crank shaft is, how it works and how it is used in today’s world.
Then each child will be given their automata kits to make and paint. Members of staff will be on hand to offer support throughout the session.
For Larger Groups
Please note the workshop is a small compact room, we cannot provide this activity for large groups. If you are interested, The MAD Museum can provide automata kits for groups to construct outside of the museum, in the classroom or at home. A free instruction manual will also be provided.
We do encourage a trip to the museum to support and inspire this automata building activity.
What Other Teachers Thought –
“Thank you for the brilliant day that I and the children had on Wednesday.
Our arrival was excellent. In the number of years that I have been teaching, I have never ever arrived at a place to find a team ready and waiting for the class. You immediately came across as knowledgeable, organised and professional and I know that, from a class teachers point of view, if you can show that a teacher can take a more supporting role and let the guys in the know get on with things then that is a huge weight off their mind.
The children loved the museum to the point that I had to calm a few of them down and adored the marble run wall. I couldn’t drag most of the boys away from it!
The workshops were absolutely brilliant; perfectly timed and really engaging. The children didn’t stop talking about them all the way home. I think the choice of making them a snug fit so glue is not needed was a really good idea. The children also learnt a lot about the different components.
I mentioned to the staff that it is really comforting to know that the area is secure so that the children can wander round without your having to know where they are all the time.
Thank you for an absolutely brilliant day. Both the children and adults loved it. Please pass on out thanks to the team and we shall make sure to visit again very soon.”
Mr Greygoose at Acorns Primary School.
“The pupils had a fantastic visit – they were very enthusiastic and also put together a display before going home!”
Kirstin at The Ogden Trust Partnership, Bidford-on-Avon Primary School.
New kinetic artwork rolls in to MAD…
A massive thank you to rolling ball artists Robert Moore (UK) and Jelle Bakker (NL) for sending their latest wonderful creations to The MAD Museum. Both have already previously contributed to MAD’s display collection and it is a pleasure to be able to show some more of their work.
Jelle sent this crazy machine over from Holland, here it is in its new home:
Jelle is available for commissions, please check out his work:
Rob Moore hand delivered his beautiful RBS to MAD last Friday:
Rob is based in Norfolk, England and is available for commissions. Please do check out his work:
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Claire Potter, a freelance writer for the Guardian recently visited our MAD Museum. Click here to read her piece (and to see Richard’s reply at the bottom).Read More »
We would just like to say a big thank you to everyone who visited our MAD Museum over February half term.
We received record visitor figures and loads of lovely feedback.
Thank you very much for keeping us going!
(Derek found his marbles! Trying out the new MAD Marbles wall we launched Feb Half Term.)Read More »
As of the start of February Half Term, Saturday 14th February ‘2015 our opening times will be changing to the following:
Weekends / Holidays*
|October – March||10:30am – 4:30pm||10:00am – 5:30pm|
|April – September||10:00am – 5:00pm||10:00am – 5:30pm|
Half-term has kicked off and The MAD Museum has a brand new exhibit to show off to all our visitors this week.
Harley Mayenschein’s Idle-Tyme Rolling Ball Clock (image below) was the first of its kind in the world that told the time in this unique way. From a young age, Harley loved to make all sorts of unusual creations. He regularly gave his inventions away as awards, but it wasn’t until he gave his first Idle-Tyme Rolling Ball Clock away at a local bowling competition that he really noticed people’s reactions.
Admirers started asking Harley to make them one of these special clock and before long he had started a business called Idle-Tyme. The company took off and at peak production the team of then 50 workers were making 60 clocks a day.
Sadly Harley past away 30 years ago and after his passing, no one wanted to continue making his creations. That was until recently when his son, Joe started a limited production of the clocks again in memory of his Dad.
Idle-Tyme is on display at The MAD Museum now. Please check out the office Idle-Tyme website too, by clicking here.Read More »
Last week we were in Switzerland to see the unveiling of resident artist Pascal Bettex’s new work “Le Chablais Scope”. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Chablais region’s railway company (TPC), Pascal was challenged to convert two disused railway carriages measuring 35 metres long in total, into a mobile exhibition of kinetic art. The title of the work literally translates as “The View of Chablais”.
With the help of TPC’s Head of Marketing and Communication Grégoire Montangero, the two men worked non-stop to raise the necessary sponsorship required to get the project off the ground.The results were nothing short of breathtaking, for all the pictures please check out our page: facebook.com/themadmuseum.
“Le Chablais Scope” will embark on numerous adventures over the coming years as it travels from place to place in order that people can appreciate the glorious work of Pascal and also help celebrate the anniversary of the railway company.
Pascal currently has three wonderful exhibits on display at The MAD Museum so please do pop along for an opportunity to see some of his incredible kinetic artwork in the flesh.Read More »