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17 Nov 2016


Imagineering Fair at the Ricoh Arena Coventry 19-20 November

Getting ready for the Fair!
Family fun
Creative activity
Urban Astronaut
Wasps' WIZ

This will be a fantastic weekend of fun, challenges and hands-on engineering and technology in the spectacular Ericsson Exhibition Hall at the Ricoh Arena.

Sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover and supported by Wasps and Ricoh Arena, the event will feature racing cars, robotics and lasers as well as IT and mechanical challenges.

Packed full with fascinating hands-on science, engineering and technology activities laid on by some of the region’s blue chip companies and organisations, there will be enough to keep children of 8-16 years and all abilities happily occupied for hours!

Youngsters will be able to discover the exciting world of engineering at first hand with the chance to see and learn about the sophisticated technology that affects our everyday lives - but is rarely seen by most of us – and there will be plenty to fire their creative imaginations too.

Watch out for:

JAGUAR LAND ROVER - and their model F1 cars you can race

IMAGINEERING WORKSHOPS - make and take a Balloon Car and learn about tools

WASPS - test your skills and reactions in the WIZ - Wasps Interactive Zone.

HEART - Learn about healthcare engineering, how Regenerative medicine treats diseases by regenerating human cells, tissues or organs. See your own cells down the microscope after colouring them.

ROLLS-ROYCE - build a model jet engine and fly a model glider

FABLAB - make paper LED Christmas trees and also learn about Code Club and ‘Scratch’.

FANUC - See the LRMate200iD robot, the smallest in its range, play crazy golf, and LRMate “Hook a Duck” interactive robot; students will have the opportunity to take control of the robot and try to “Hook a Duck” to win a prize and enter into a draw for their school to win a VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) kit.

INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS - Fun physics tricks and experiments, using things that can be found at home, to wow all ages. Find out how to make a balloon kebab, a glovaphone and much more.

INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY - Make a burglar alarm with a clothes peg! Tennis ball Launcher, Lightning Generator, and more.

INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS - more make and take fun gizmos to make.

UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK - loads of fun activities on this stand, many based on students’ own projects.

FLIGHT CHALLENGE - make a proper paper plane from special designs - or one of your own!

HIGHLY SPRUNG - and the Urban Astronaut - not to be missed

.............and plenty of other surprises!

All under one roof, and ideal for a wet weekend, this is a fantastic fun family event – and tickets are valid for BOTH days so great value for money.


To date: Coventry Robot Club; Coventry University; FabLab; Fanuc Robotics; Flight Zone; GE Aviation; HEART: Imagineering Clubs & Workshops; Imagineering Quest; Imagineer Productions/Highly Sprung; Inst of Engineering and Technology; Inst of Mechanical Engineers; Inst of Physics; Jaguar Land Rover; Kaefer Ltd; Manufacturing Technologies Association; Manufacturing Technology Centre; Robofesta UK; Rolls-Royce; Vulcan to the Sky Trust; Warwick University; WASPS


Saturday 19 Nov - 0900hrs- 1700hrs

Sunday 20 Nov - 0900hrs - 1600hrs


Family ticket (2 adults + 3 children) - £20

Adult - £8

Children - 5-16yrs - £4

Concessions/Senior Citizens - £4

Under 5yrs - Free

Bob Shanks, Chairman of the Imagineering Foundation and organiser of the event, said: “This will be a memorable fun family day out and there are plenty of activities to provide hands-on experience of the world of engineering where they can learn how things are designed and made and how they work. The Ericsson Exhibition Hall will be buzzing and excited youngsters will have the opportunity to expand their creative imaginations and learn more about the technology that we use in our everyday lives and hopefully they will be inspired to become engineers in the future.”

Les Ratcliffe, Head of Community Relations at Jaguar Land Rover, commented, “The automotive industry, including Jaguar Land Rover and our suppliers, need more young engineers. We are proud to sponsor the Imagineering Fair as part of our ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers’ global Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education programme and hope the event will inspire more young people to pursue engineering careers. We also offer world of work school visits to our Midlands and Merseyside design, engineering and manufacturing sites and also school STEM challenge projects which are open to young people from across the UK.”

Andy Gibb, Managing Director of the Ricoh Arena, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting an event as exciting and forward thinking as the Imagineering Fair again this year. “It’s a real coup for the Ricoh Arena and the city of Coventry to have such a varied mix of engineering, science and technology all under one roof for youngsters and adults to sample. The event attracts thousands of families year after year, and we look forward to welcoming everybody again on the day.”

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