At the Institute of Imagination, we believe imagination is the superpower of the 21st Century, and that all children have the power to be creative and think imaginatively, which opens the door to a wealth of other competencies. Explore the different ways that we connect with our families & communities.

My Big Idea 

What big idea would you create using technology to help your local community?

My Big Idea offers a day of imagination for children and their parents/guardians to play, learn, and invent together through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths-based (STEAM) workshops. 

Each event is co-created with a community hub partner and is themed around community + a key learning topic, such as literacy, technology, numeracy, or environmental issues. Children take part in workshops led by industry experts and supported by local volunteers. The activities support the development of key skills, and their learning is acknowledged with a certificate and activities to continue the creativity at home.    

In 2023, the Institute of Imagination delivered My Big Idea events in Newham and Lambeth with 379 people attending.

Find out more about My Big Idea and how to get involved.

Digital Heroes

Digital Heroes is an immersive digital access and digital skills programme. The programme is designed to increase creative thinking, digital literacy and skills, as well as build children’s confidence and aspiration for their future.  

For Digital Heroes, the iOi collaborates with community organisations to deliver inspiring workshops to local children. Sessions take place at the community venue, either after-school or during the holidays. Children learn to use a variety of exciting technologies such as stop motion animation, creative coding, virtual and augmented reality. After the initial workshops, the iOi supports partner organisations to deliver further creative workshops in their community setting by offering training, resources and loaning or gifting technology and materials.  

Digital Heroes has now concluded; however, it is part of the iOi’s active Communities Programme. You can find out more about the iOi’s Community events such as My Big Idea here.  


Explore our on demand activities for children, families and communities on iOi at Home.

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