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Inspiring the young to engineering

On 12 June 2013 a stimulating lecture by Bob Shanks, Chairman, Imagineering Foundation will focus on the development of the initiative and on the work of its founder Dr Alastair Graham-Bryce.

Dr Alastair Graham-Bryce (AGB) spent his working career in consulting, but on retiring there was a new found love – encouraging children into engineering. Imagineering was the vehicle. Alastair not only contributed to establishing interventions that were likely to be effective in directing children towards technology and engineering, but also developed material to expand the impact on children. He actively went into classrooms to test his ideas, and was a strong advocate for effective intervention.

The lecture will follow the development of ideas and practices within Imagineering showing how Alastair’s marvellous mind crystallised them into themes.

The Imagineering Foundation has recently reached its 12th anniversary and is 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.

The lecture is at 1800 on 12 June 2013, at the IMECHE, 1 Birdcage Walk, London, SW1H 9JJ and is free and open to all.

As part of the evening there will be an award for “the individual or group judged to have made a significant contribution to the encouragement of young people towards a career in Engineering”. The MTA are seeking nominations for this award, and know there are a large number of possible candidates within the MTA membership. Please send nominations to Bob Shanks via or James Fudge at

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