The Founder and Chairman of the Formula One™ in Schools Technology Challenge, was presented with the Award by Bob Shanks, Chairman of the education charity The Imagineering Foundation.
The presentation took place at the headquarters of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) at Birdcage Walk, London. The Award, made in the name of Imagineering for this one year only, is for ‘The individual or group judged to have made a significant contribution to the encouragement of young people towards a career in engineering.’
The presentation was made on the occasion of the inaugural Dr Alastair Graham Bryce Memorial Lecture, given by Bob Shanks. The IMechE has created this annual Memorial Lecture and Award following a bequest from Dr Graham Bryce, a Fellow of the Institution and a founder and former Hon Secretary of Imagineering, who passed away last year.
Andrew Denford is founder and sponsor of several unique educational projects including the “F1 in Schools Technology Challenge”. F1 in Schools provides an exciting yet challenging educational experience through the magnetic appeal of Formula One. F1 in Schools is expanding globally raising awareness of Formula One among students and school children, from 9 to19 years. It has helped to change perceptions of science, engineering, technology and maths by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people to develop an informed view about careers in engineering, Formula One, science, marketing and technology.
Andrew Denford said “I am surprised – and delighted – to receive the inaugural Dr Alastair Graham Bryce Award, and my thanks go to the education charity The Imagineering Foundation for selecting me as the first recipient. I am passionate about the educational initiatives which I’m involved with which are all focused on encouraging students to consider engineering as a career. I know that we are playing an important role in shaping the future of UK engineering through our initiatives. The Imagineering Foundation is doing excellent work in this area too, so it is particularly appropriate to receive this award from such an important and influential organization.”
Bob Shanks’ lecture, entitled ‘Inspiring The Young to Engineering - Formula AGB’, followed the development of the ideas and practices within Imagineering illustrating how Alastair’s ideas and energies contributed to establishing interventions that were effective in directing children towards technology and engineering. He also developed material to expand the impact on children and actively went into classrooms to test his ideas and was a strong advocate for effective intervention.
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