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Bradford students get a sneak peek at ‘Action Replay’

Our fantastic summer family exhibition, Action Replay, opens this week. Students from Lapage Primary were the first to check it out. Here’s what they thought...

The day before the official launch party for Action Replay, Key Stage 2 pupils from Lapage Primary School in Bradford joined us to put our exhibition through its paces. They explored how sport and broadcast technologies have worked together to create the fantastic matches and events we all enjoy on television.

Students inspect an interactive display at the Action Replay exhibition A student inspects objects displayed at the Action Replay exhibition A student tries out an interactive display at the Action Replay exhibition

With everyone excited for England and the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday night, we dived straight into our tours of top-notch sporting tech. Coming top of the league were our interactive displays, particularly ‘Be a Presenter’. The brave students who had a go at being a live sports presenter enjoyed trying to keep in time with the autocue, and we all agreed it was exciting to be in front of the camera!

A student tries out 'Be a Presenter' at the Action Replay exhibition A student tries out 'Be a Presenter' at the Action Replay exhibition Students test their skills as sports presenters at the Action Replay exhibition

Pupils also had fun with the ‘Weird and Wonderful’ sport footage, guessing what the symbols for different sports were before they watched the films. Everyone decided that cheese rolling was the funniest, and most dangerous, sport—but that just winning a cheese was a bit rubbish!

Students guess the weird and wonderful sports at the Action Replay exhibition

Students play with an interactive display at the Action Replay exhibition

The students were impressed with the original cameras from the 1936 Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race and the 1948 Olympics. And they were proud to be the first visitors to see the 1948 CPS Emitron camera, which has never been on display before in any museum. They couldn’t believe the batteries to power the equipment weighed a quarter of a ton, especially thinking about how small the batteries in their mobile phones are.

Students look at cameras at the Action Replay exhibition Students look at cameras at the Action Replay exhibitionWe did a quick poll with the students to see which their favourite sporting mascots were. Coming top of the podium were Wenlock and Mandeville from London 2012, and Izzy the Whatizit from the 1992 Atlanta Olympics. Izzy was one of the most disliked Olympic mascots ever, but the Lapage students said he was ‘funny’ and ‘really colourful’. It’s good to see Izzy has some fans at last!

Students looking at mascots at the Action Replay exhibition Students looking at mascots at the Action Replay exhibition

After a round of photos posing with everyone’s favourite sprinter Usain Bolt and pulling his trademark lightning bolt move, it was time for refreshments before the full-time whistle. When we asked what the pupils enjoyed the most they said ‘everything!’

A student poses in front of a life-size image of sprinter Usain Bolt at the Action Replay exhibition

Class photo of Lapage Primary students visiting the Action replay exhibition

Sprint down to our game-changing exhibition Action Replay at the National Science and Media Museum—it’s open from tomorrow, Friday 13 July 2018.

Students watch an interactive display at the Action Replay exhibition Students look at objects displayed at the Action Replay exhibition Students watch an interactive display at the Action Replay exhibition

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