This is a cracking new exhibition, Gromit

Dated: 14/04/2011'CRACKING SHOW, GROMIT ... Animation superstars Wallace and Gromit invite hundreds of school children from the North East to step into their world and sample the duo's crazy world of inventions as part of the new Wallace and Gromit interactive exhibition, which was launched today (Thurs) at the Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne.'Pictured with Newminster Middle School, in Morpeth, pupils Patrick Booth (top), Jake Stevenson (left) and Finn Farthing (right)'See story by North News' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES
Dated: 14/04/2011'CRACKING SHOW, GROMIT ... Animation superstars Wallace and Gromit invite hundreds of school children from the North East to step into their world and sample the duo's crazy world of inventions as part of the new Wallace and Gromit interactive exhibition, which was launched today (Thurs) at the Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne.'Pictured with Newminster Middle School, in Morpeth, pupils Patrick Booth (top), Jake Stevenson (left) and Finn Farthing (right)'See story by North News' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES
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MORPETH school pupils had a smashing time at a brand new interactive exhibition.

Newminster Middle School & Technology College was one of three schools in the North East that were given the first chance to enjoy Wallace and Gromit Present a World of Cracking Ideas in a life-size version of the animated duo’s home.

Once inside the famous house, the children experienced exhibits such as the Read-O-Matic, a mechanical version of an E-book which manually turns pages, and had fun firing digital splodges in Wallace’s kitchen with the Blend-O-Matic smoothie maker.

Wallace’s in-shower karaoke machine was also a massive hit, with kids singing their hearts out to classics such as Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing and Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Acting Assistant Head at Newminster, Sumeena Razzaqi, explained how her pupils won the chance to preview the exhibition at the Centre for Life in Newcastle through their fantastic entries into an asteroid-naming competition.

“I think the kids have thoroughly enjoyed it – they have all gone to different areas and really loved it,” she added.

“I’m taking a few ideas from this and will be doing some follow up work. This is something that enthuses them into getting into science and technology.”

Pupil Jake Stevenson, 11, said: “The whole exhibition is very good. I really like the singing machine, it’s great.”

His friend Finn Farling, also 11 and from Newminster, said: “The exhibition is really good. Everything is really well set out. I’m sure we will have some more ideas for inventions when we go back to class. I think it is very entertaining because it’s so involving. There’s something for everybody here, it will be good for all age groups to come to.”

Co-founder of Aardman, the production company behind Wallace and Gromit, David Sproxton, greeted visitors at the first showing of the exhibition which has been in the pipeline for the past two years.

He said: “A lot of it is showing how inventions evolve and how new inventions are added on to, they all come from an idea of how to improve things. This exhibition is getting children to think imaginatively about problem solving logically. We want them to think about how things work.”

It will run until October 30. Adult tickets are £9 and child tickets cost £6.25, with family tickets also available. For more information and ticket booking, telephone 08444 815880 or visit www.life.org