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 London the chance to become ‘Great Innovators’. We’re particularly interested in working with schools and community groups based in the following boroughs:

  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Westminster
  • Brent
  • Camden

Participants will be led through planning, researching and designing their own ‘Incredible Innovations’ 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, and winners will get the chance to see their ideas brought to life at the Great Exhibition Road Festival.

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