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11 APRIL 2012

UK Imagineering Foundation: stimulating the imagination of young designers

"In 1999 a group of engineers in the Midlands [UK region] who were concerned at the rapidly increasing skills shortage in engineering, developed the concept of Imagineering. 'A new initiative, designed to introduce 8–16 year olds to the fascinating world of engineering and manufacturing through fun, hands–on personal experience, targets the engineers of the future at a young age, develops and holds their interest and hopefully, encourages them to consider engineering as a future career.'"

(Imagineering Foundation, UK)

Fig.1 "One young 'imagineer' constructs a working model that he can then programme using simple control technology at the Imagineering Jaguar Land Rover Education Business Partnership Centre, at Gaydon Warwickshire." [http://www.spaghettigazetti.com/2011/11/imagineering–welcomes–new–queen.html#!/2011/11/imagineering–welcomes–new–queen.html]

2). The Imagineering Timeline

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1999 • 8-16 year olds • careercareer futurescareerschildrenconstructioncrafts technologycreative participationcreative skillsdesign thinkingdiscoveryengineeringengineering and manufacturing • engineers of the future • experimentationfunfuture careerhands-on • imagineer • imagineering • Imagineering Jaguar Land Rover Education Business Partnership Centre • learninglearning initiativeMidlands (region)pedagogypersonal empowermentpraxisskills shortageUK • Warwickshire • working model • young designersyoung peopleyouth

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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