Little Inventors

The Great Exhibition of the North 2018 is a summer of amazing exhibits, inspired technology, vibrant street performances, cutting-edge culture and magical experiences. With our Chief Inventor hailing from Sunderland, we are truly chuffed to be part of the most incredible event of this summer in NewcastleGateshead!!

The Great Exhibition of the North will open on 22nd June 2018 but you can get involved right now by taking the Little Inventors North 2030 challenge!!

We invite all children across the North to imagine what life could be like in the North in 2030, thinking of all the challenges and opportunities that the future brings. The most ingenious invention ideas will be made real by Magnificent Makers across the North and shown in the Great Exhibition of the North this summer!

Calling all Northern Magnificent Makers!

With over 1800 invention idea entries to our North 2030 Challenge, we are now looking for the makers to turn the best ones into reality.

The best inventions will be exhibited as a part of the Great Exhibition of the North this summer at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle!

Makers from all across the North are invited to take part!

Check out our staff picks for a mind-boggling, super entertaining and often enlightening selection, see what tickles your making fancy and apply now by emailing us at

Our chosen Magnificent Makers will get to work on their project with our Chief Inventor and renowned designer Dominic Wilcox, and will receive up to £500 too!

You can see previous made real objects here

Apply to take part!

North 2030 challenge schools webinar!

Our Chief Inventor, Dominic Wilcox, was in Newcastle at Hotspur Primary School, to talk about the North 2030 challenge and to answer any questions about the challenge and Little Inventors!

Enter the North 2030 challenge now!

Find out more about the Great Exhibition of the North

The Great Exhibition of the North will reveal to the world how the North of England’s great art and culture, design and innovation has shaped all our lives and is building the economy of tomorrow.

To find out more about the Exhibition, go to

Visit the Great Exhibition of the North with your school!

The Great Exhibition of the North is free for all schools and all age groups to access. Schools can book to visit the Exhibition with their class for either a half day or a full day and are able to tailor their visit dependent on the subject focus or venues they would like to visit.

Further information and all bookings for school trips for the Great Exhibition of the North can be made via their website.

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