IMAGINEERING – inspiring young engineers of the future, opening doors to new opportunities
IMAGINEERING CLUBS are out-of-school clubs, aimed at 9 – 12 year olds (Key Stages 2 and 3), meeting for an hour a week, providing sustained engagement throughout the school year. Children are introduced to engineering and technology- and have fun – making a series of working engineering models from simple kits, learning the real life applications. They learn basic skills, using simple tools, and follow set instructions to make models that they can then take home when complete.
Subjects covered and models used:
- Flight: Aeroglide; Helicopter
- Measurement: Micrometer; Balance; Slide Rule
- Magnetism: Compass
- Electrical/electronic: Steady Hand Game; Moisture Detector
- Vision: Telescope
- Electromagnetism & Telecommunication: Morse Code Key & Buzzer
- Special Projects: Bloodhound Car
Typically for 12 children, Clubs may be run by teachers/teaching assistants or by volunteer engineer tutors with teachers and parent helpers. Training and (where possible) guide engineers.
- termly packs of boxed project kits to schools – 14 of each kit (12 students + for tutor + spare)
- illustrated instructions and a quiz worksheet for each kit
- comprehensive tutor notes and supporting material on the website
- a list of recommended tools
- a contact network and assistance through the website
- each session starts with key principles discussed
- safety is paramount and the use of tools is carefully managed
- most projects are completed in two to three weeks
- a fun session to use/play with the models is organised.
Imagineering also provides a more advanced INTER-ENGINEERING PROGRAMME, aimed at children of early secondary school age.
Activities include: Robo Car; Wind Generator; Hydraulic Arm and Bridge Construction Material from Imagineering Club programmes can be made available for other events such as summer schools.
- children gain experience, motivation, confidence and a range of skills, enriching the curriculum
- they engage in STEM activities, supporting and enriching the national curriculum
- they mix learning with practical activity with additional opportunities for achievement and growth
- there is direct involvement with engineers and links with modern industry including engineering facility visits.
Imagineering is delivered by the independent education charity the Imagineering Foundation.
For costs and more information: www.imagineering.org.uk