Dundee Science Centre

Children Design Eco-Transport of the Future

Visitors to two Dundee visitor attractions are on track to design the eco-transport of the future.

In what is a first for both venues, Dundee Science Centre and Dundee Museum of Transport are teaming up to explore the future of sustainable transport.

‘Cars, Cop26 and the Climate Crisis’ will run until Monday 15 August as part of standard admission, with various activities at each venue.

DSC and Museum of Transport

L-R Cameron Reid (7) from Dundee, George Wickenden from DSC, Harper Mulholland (5) from Clarkston and
Fletcher Mulholland (10) from Clarkston.

At Dundee Science Centre, visitors can see the C5 Sinclair, one of the earliest electric vehicles designed in the 1980s and on loan from the Museum of Transport. They can also design futuristic forms of transport, learn about renewable energy and challenge their friends on robotic racing spheres.

At Dundee Museum of Transport, visitors can explore The Wee Scamp, Scotland’s first attempt at the electric car, which enjoyed a starring role at the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference.  An array of autonomous and electric vehicles, including a Jaguar I-PAC, are also on show, with the opportunity for visitors to design and race their own Lego electric car.

Lorraine Lemon, Head of Business Development at Dundee Science Centre, said, “As Scotland accelerates its role in the race to Net-Zero, we must engage the younger generation to get involved and be inspired.  By creating fun activities, all underpinned by science, technology, engineering and maths, we’re planting a seed of interest amongst visitors of all ages, highlighting the role they can play to create change and build a more sustainable world.”

David Sigsworth, Chair of Dundee Museum of Transport, added, “The decarbonisation of personal, public and business transport remains a major hurdle in the drive to achieve net zero emissions. This joint initiative aims to illustrate the routes to success and to describe the changes in attitude and behaviour needed to embrace low carbon transport futures.”

Harper Mulholland

Harper Mulholland (foreground) and her fellow designers, hard at work!

This exhibition comes as both attractions have been shortlisted for the Dundee and Angus Business Awards in the Net Zero category. Transport emissions account for 37% of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions. It is hoped that these collaborative exhibitions will highlight how museums can support the move to climate-friendly technology and lifestyles.

Both attractions coming together illustrates not only the wide offering of visitor attractions across Dundee, but it is also hoped that this event will spark a trend of venues across the region collaborating more closely on their activities.

For more information, visit www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk and www.dmoft.co.uk.

Visitors who show their ticket receipt at either venue will receive a 10% discount up to and including Monday 15 August 2022.