A curious child peeking from the bottom of the table at a DIY robot

Bes Junior and Myst.

Wednesday 20 October 2021 to Thursday 30 December 2021

Join creative artists and education professionals to spark children’s imagination to build their own Thingamabobas. 

The University of Nottingham, Lakeside Arts has teamed up with artists and primary schools in Hong Kong and in the UK to test proposed Education Pack content focused on Design Thinking and Tinkering.  Children’s imaginations have been sparked and their ability to invent and design has been trialled and tested through drawing, writing, and building their own Thingamabobas for inclusion in a virtual gallery.  In this conversation, we'll share the process, outcomes, and learnings in this session, all of which will refine the final Education Pack. 


  • University and UK creative artists: Makers of Imaginary Worlds, Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham (UK) 
  • Hong Kong creative artists: Zoie So and Agnes Pang  
  • Hong Kong school: Sam Shui Natives Association Huen King Wing School  
  • UK school: Djanogly Strelley Academy (UK partner school) 


Children’s learning and development is supported through: 

  • Encouraging pupils to design and build with digital interactions being at the forefront of their design 
  • Encouraging pupils to embrace ‘failure’; the importance of leaning through mistakes, trial and error 
  • Playing with materials, aesthetics and design thinking 
  • Building pupils’ confidence to test ideas 


How you can take part 

You can now visit the Thingamabobas gallery

View the children’s creations and collaborations in a joint online exhibition led by Makers of Imaginary Worlds, Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham (UK).
The panel discussion on the creative process of this programme was held by all project partners on 20 October 16:40 (HKT).  A recording of the event will soon be available for post-event streaming. Please subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

Programme Date & Time
Website showcase

20 - 23 October 2021


Panel discussion on a creative STEAM collaboration project between a university, artists and schools in Hong Kong and in the UK

(Part of Core Skills for Life Symposium) 

20 October, 16.40 – 17.30 (HKT) 

*Registration required 

Type of event: Website showcase & online panel discussion 

Platform: Website & Microsoft TEAMS 

Age advice:  All age groups 


View the children’s creations at the Thingamabobas gallery!

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