The Imagineerium Initiative

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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.

As a development to The Imagineerium Initiative, Imagineer wins a second major Paul Hamlyn Award for TEACH MAKE which is a new a programme of work with teachers in Coventry Primary Schools (2020-22) see TEACH MAKE PROJECT for further information.

The Imagineerium Initiative

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
Jo Trowsdale, Teaching Fellow The University of Warwick
Sarah Leahy, Project Coordinator  

*Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths


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