We run various community programmes for Newham residents and schools. Find out more about about latest workshops and activites here!

Experimental Cities

We’re inviting families, classrooms and everyone else to join us in exploring, tinkering and experimenting with your city! We’ve produced a range of online resources and workshops to explore bioengineering, nature and coding as we investigate rapidly changing cities.

Workshops and on-demand videos include:

  • Dynamic Paper Cities
  • Biomimicry and DIY Microscopes
  • Smart Cities with MicroBits (including CPD training)
  • Merge Cube & VR

Find out about our latest events here or discover our at home content at iOi at Home. 

The Big Build

The Big Build is a new public art sculpture installation, imagined, designed and built by thousands of primary schools students from Newham, representing hope and celebration in the wake of the pandemic.   

We worked with 14 schools from Newham between 24th – 27th May, exploring how to transform ideas into sculptures. We used unique modular cardboard designs from Netherlands-based Collective Paper Aesthetics in schools, the same modules that are being used in the large Big Build sculptures.

The children’s vision will be brought to life by Danish born East Ham artist Anne Harild. 

The sculptures were found across Newham at popular locations such as Queens Market, Westfield Stratford City and The Pontoon in the Olympic Park. They could be seen between 1st June – 7th July.

Find out more about the project here.

Future Flyers

For our first programme in Newham, we’re inviting children and young people to tinker and experiment with movement! Throughout the end of 2020, we ran workshops and launched digital content for the home. Activities include 3D design, homemade wind tunnels and VR creations.

For those unable to access digital content in the home we supported families through our Digital Lending Library. Alongside digital lending, we will also be hosting in person workshops at local iOi partner community Hubs.

If you want to find out more about our digital lending scheme you can enquire by emailing imaginationlab@ioi.london.


Want to get involved?

If you are a community partner or primary school in Newham, looking to get involved, please email us at Nileema.Yesmin@ioi.london. If you’re a family in Newham be sure to check out our latest events, along with our free online resources.

If you’re a partner organisation looking into sponsorship opportunities then there are a range of ways you can support the Institute of Imagination. We would love to work with you to find how you can make a real difference for children and families, in a way that means something to you. Please contact Katherine Osborn, Head of Development at Katherine.Osborn@ioi.london or telephone on 020 7494 9153.

Find out about other ways you can support the Institute of Imagination: philanthropy trusts and foundations corporate partnerships volunteering iOi in action Imagination Matters