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Imagineering Club

Each week a group of local Primary school children come to St Albans School for Imagineering Club which introduces them to the principles and skills of mechanical and electrical engineering by building working models and  learning the underlying science via video explanations and teacher demonstrations.

Aims

Part of the STEM provision at St Albans School, aiming to inspire a future generation of engineers, this outreach provides the girls and boys with opportunities and facilities they do not have at Abbey Primary School. The goal is to improve their problem-solving skills, ability to follow instructions, ability to refine the performance of their models, and increase their confidence both in the creative process and in handling equipment such as soldering irons.

 

Background

The project was initiated by a St Albans School teacher who had children at Abbey Primary School and has taken place for several consecutive years. 

Resources

Science labs and Design and Technology workshops, soldering stations, box of tools. The children assemble a series of kits from the Imagineering Foundation. Two Sixth Form Partnership students and several parents help each week.

 

Impact

Greater self-confidence and communication skills in both student helpers and children. The children improve their problem-solving skills, ability to follow instructions, ability to refine the performance of their models. By the end of the year (two years for some participants), their confidence with the creative process and in handling equipment has grown noticeably. Their perception of the role of engineers and engineering in our society has also deepened.

Pupil Involvement

12 pupils from Abbey School, Yr5 and Yr6. 2 Sixth Form students act as mentors/guides

Frequency

Weekly, 90 minutes, during term time