DESIGN MUSEUM ACADEMY Young people workshop

Design Camp: Car Making Challenge for 11 to 14 year olds

An engaging workshop to design and build a wooden vehicle using waste materials and to discover the basics of using hand tools and join a car race.

What to expect

In this fun, hands-on workshop, create and make your own wooden wheeled vehicle and learn about the design stories behind iconic toys.

You'll be guided through the design process to help you create a wooden vehicle that’s fully functional and will be introduced to the materials and tools that will help you bring your idea to life. You will learn how found waste, off-cuts and unused materials can be turned into new things.

The workshop enhances creativity, imagination and problem solving skills and teaches you how shape your design in a safe environment.

There will be presentations, design tips and visits to the museum's Designer Maker User collection gallery for inspiration.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn a new handcraft skill and a chance to race your newly created vehicle.


Frankie Critchfield

Critchfield is a designer and teacher who runs the creative studio Crafterscoolclub, where she designs learning activities that focus on building creative confidence through design, making and play. She uses a mix of design, craft and science to turn accessible everyday materials and found objects into working usable products.

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Booking information

Young people: £72

Young people (Early bird): £66

Members*: £58

*Please note that this benefit only applies to the cardholding Member’s children and not those of additional guests. 

Early bird until Sunday 21 January.

Capacity is limited, please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

This workshop is suitable for ages 11 to 14.

• All equipment, materials and light refreshments will be provided, but participants will need to bring a packed lunch.

• Please let us know of any access needs, including neurodiversity, when booking a place for your child. If your child receives additional support in their formal education setting, you are welcome to bring a carer/additional adult at no cost, but we are unable to provide 1:1 support.

Information on the Design Museum Academy Cancellation Policy.

related exhibition

Designer Maker User

Our collection display present modern designs viewed through the angles of the designer, manufacturer and user, covering a broad range of design disciplines, from architecture and engineering to digital, fashion and graphics.

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All images by Frankie Critchfield © Crafterscoolclub.