After a number of successful years at the Show, this independent education charity is changing direction, moving away from direct public engagement events like the Bath & West Show towards grant-funding activity, while continuing its fun after-school Imagineering Clubs and STEM projects.
The Imagineering Foundation is very grateful for the generosity of the Royal Bath & West Show organisers which enabled it to run exciting award-winning Imagineering Fairs annually, from 2003, and also for the loyal and generous support of many blue chip organisations and colleges who developed and delivered unique STEM activities for thousands of delighted youngsters for so many years.
Each year thousands of visitors enjoyed hundreds of STEM activities developed and laid on by some of the UK’s major manufacturers, engineering organisations and education establishments. Visitors learned at first hand about the importance of modern engineering in our everyday life and how things are designed and made. There were opportunities for close-up, hands-on inspection of some breath-taking engineering and technology used in production and defence not normally seen by the public.
The Imagineering Fair was a major feature of the Royal Bath & West Show in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, winning the Gold Award for Best Feature in Show for a number of years. Imagineering also partnered the Royal Navy at Yeovilton International Air Day at RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset and worked alongside the Royal Air Force at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford near Cirencester, and RAF Waddington International Air Show near LIncoln. Other events included the Big Bang, London Model Engineering Exhibition, Red Arrows STEM Event at RAF Scampton and a large Midlands Imagineering Fair, held at Jaguar Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena in Coventry. It also supported a number of events for schools around the country.