The Great Exhibition² is an exciting, cross-curricular research and innovation project for schools and community groups in London including mentoring from world class Imperial College London researchers.

The challenge is inspired by the Great Exhibition of 1851 where the best thinkers of the time responded to the changing world around them in new and imaginative ways, and showcased their designs and inventions for the world to see at the world’s first Great Exhibition.

Imperial College London and Big Ideas are inviting young people from schools and community groups based in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster to become ‘Great Innovators’

Participants will be led through planning, researching and designing their own ‘trailblazing inventions’ to help tackle the world’s most interesting and urgent issues. They will also receive mentoring throughout their project by today’s world-class thinkers – researchers from Imperial College London. Previous winners have seen their ideas displayed at the Great Exhibition Road Festival.

Sign up below to be emailed your free project resources:


Once you have signed up you will receive your free Educators Resource Pack, classroom poster and additional resources for your project.

Big Ideas are offering to facilitate kick off workshops for the first 10 schools who sign up and book their mentor session with a researcher from Imperial College London. You can book your workshop below.

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