IWCEP - Cultural Education Partnership Ident - Teal, Pink and Fern
Fulfilling the creative potential of young people on the Isle of Wight


  • Facilitator Led
  • Innovation, Maritime
  • Key stage 2, Key stage 3

What to expect

How did Sir Christopher Cockerell come up with the idea of one of the most innovative forms of transport of all time, one that can travel on land and water! Re-create the experiment that Sir Christopher Cockerell used to demonstrate his idea was sound. Explore the static hovercraft CC7 at the museum and find out how it works. Tour the museum and pay particular attention to the hovercraft display, which shows how a hovercraft skirt inflates. A discussion of friction and how it affects the hovercraft will lead on to pupils making a working hovercraft using amongst other things balloons and a CD or DVD! Pupils will be able to take their model hovercraft home.


About the Wight Aviation Museum

Wight Aviation Museum (WAM) is a charitable trust located in a hangar at Sandown airport.  Its purpose is to advance the education of the public and schoolchildren in the history of aviation and its related components through the provision of educational activities both in the museum and in schools, with a focus on the Isle of Wight. The activities are designed by the museum’s education team, that between them have 35 years’ experience in teaching. Each workshop can be tailored to suit the visiting school’s needs. Displays include information about The Black Arrow rocket, The Princess Flying Boat, The Skeeter Helicopter, the Islander, CC7 hovercraft, and the Spitfire.


Key information

Level: Key stage 2 and 3

Open for Schools: year round by prior arrangement.

Pupil numbers: 32 (max)

Cost: £2/pupil


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