The Imagineerium Initiative is a practice-based learning STEAM* project designed for Coventry primary schools. It is helping to improve learning in design and technology, inspired in part by the 45% skills gap in creative engineering in the City.
Children and teachers are working with a team of professional artists and engineers on authentic commissions, developing work-based competences and skills such as confidence, communication, perseverance, team work and entrepreneurship and enriching their imagination. Imagineer works with 5 primary schools each year.
Marvellous Mechanical Machines – is a series of moving pieces of public art designed to populate a new interactive cycle trail at The Charterhouse Heritage Park.
This three year project is now coming to an end with the achievement of 9 prototype moving models. Imagineer is now beginning the next phase of development in partnership with local businesses and funders to begin to realise the final artworks.
Funding partners: The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Premier Group, Medwell Hyde, Impression Technologies, John Haynes, MTC, Network Rail, City College, Balgit Shargill, Complex Development Projects.
Research partner: The University of Warwick
STEM support: Arup
Kathy Leahy, Creative Director Kathi@imagineerproductions.co.uk
Jo Trowsdale, Teaching Fellow The University of Warwick Jo.firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Leahy, Project Coordinator Sarah.email@example.com
*Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths