Last year Big Ideas worked with Imperial College to run the Great Exhibition² Programme. Inspired by the original Great Exhibition, the programme matches researchers from Imperial College London with near-by schools to mentor the students as they come up with their own inventions. The project aims to inspire the next generation of budding scientists and engineers. Selected students’ work will be displayed at The Great Exhibition Road Festival in the summer. You never know who might turn up to the festival – last year’s students were lucky enough to meet Sir Mo Farah!

We’re pleased to announce that the programme is already off to a great start again this year. So far seven schools have been matched with a mentor from Imperial College and the ideas have been flowing. One student is working on a prototype for a machine that can scan people to identify what food and nutrients they need and another student designed a flying car. Their work is to be exhibited at the prestigious Great Exhibition Road Festival happening again this Summer to give the public a chance to see these ideas.

“The children had identified real issues within our society and designed inventive prototypes to help solve them.” – Imperial College Mentor

Teachers, there is still time to get involved! On Tuesday the 14th of March schools are invited to take part in The Big Build for British Science Week. Classes will be challenged to design and build a new invention guided by an in-person visit from your very own Imperial College Mentor. Schools who take part are  invited to submit their inventions for judging to display at the Great Exhibition Road Summer Festival. For more information on The Big Build and to sign your class up visit 

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