Imagination Lab at Forte Village, Sardinia


Having run residencies in London and popped up in English seaside towns, The Institute were thrilled to be invited to take our Lab abroad for the first time this summer and to offer new family audiences the opportunity to get hands-on with a range of innovative and creative workshops that combine the arts, sciences and technology. Our huge thanks to Forte Village and all the staff in the Children’s Wonderland for making us feel so welcome.

From 2nd-7th August 2015, the Lab hosted two daily two-hour workshops featuring different activities that combined elements of problem solving, collaboration and creativity. The workshops included the following.


Families were invited to create their own Drawbot, a drawing robot powered by a motor, a paper cup and some felt-tip pens. Children experimented with engineering their Drawbot’s propeller and changing its structure to create different patterns as it rotated and moved across a large paper canvas.

The Moving Image

Families explored the earliest forms of animation by creating their own zoetrope: a machine that produces the illusion of motion. They then discovered how the moving image is used today with augmented reality as they turned their parent’s smartphone into a VR device using Google Cardboard. Many children had the opportunity to explore our solar system in a virtual 3D environment for the first time.

Sound, Exploration and Making Spaces

Together children and families created unique immersive spaces using collected sounds, images and objects from around the resort. They experimented with an underwater camera – a first for the Imagination Lab – and took a closer look at their environment through a digital microscope.

Families had a fantastic time, experimenting, using their imaginations and spending time together. One family worked together on an underwater themed project, tailor made for the seaside setting of the resort. They made and refined puppets and then created a story around them against a projected backdrop. How do we measure the success of such activity? The Imagination Lab practitioners bumped into the same family at the airport at the end of the week and the children were still holding on to their puppets!

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