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Children’s Creative Superhero Challenge

Children’s Creative Superhero Challenge


An opportunity for children aged 8-12 to share their experience of healthcare via this creative writing/drawing challenge.

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Do you know an 8 to 12-year-old who has been to the hospital or a doctor? Do you think they’d like to share their experience through drawing or writing? If so, please consider helping them enter Imperial’s Superhero Children’s Creative Challenge!

The research team at the Centre for Health Policy Imperial, have launched an online writing and drawing activity which gives children the opportunity to communicate their hospital or doctor experience through superhero ‘missions’. A panel made up of researchers and children will pick 10 designs to be digitalised by an award-winning children illustrator, while the top three superheroes will be brought to life as a custom-made soft toy!

By carrying out this activity, the researchers involved hope to better understand children's experiences of going to a hospital or doctor. This will then help to shape a digital platform that provides child-friendly information for children about the hospital and treatment procedures.

Who can take part?

This opportunity is for children aged 8–12 year olds who have had any experience with a doctor (e.g. GP) or a hospital.

What will I be asked to do?

The activity involves the following tasks:

  1. Firstly, you will be asked to write a story that summarises a hospital or doctor experience. This story should be short and concise within 150 words.
  2. Secondly, we ask you to transform your experience into a superhero story and sketch. The story can be as long or as short as you like, and should have the following “Missions”:
  • Mission #1: Creating a SuperBetter secret identity/character as the hero of this adventure. This can be anyone they want from any story they love.
  • Mission #2: Recruiting allies. Every superhero has a side kick or an inner circle of friends who help save the day.
  • Mission #3: Finding the bad guys. To win the battle, participants will need to describe what they’re up against (this could be e.g. a specific health condition).
  • Mission #4: Identifying super-powers. Participants will be asked to make a list and be ready to call on them whenever the bad guys are getting the better of them.
  • Mission #5: Creating a superhero to-do list and/or obstacles to overcome. Everything on the list should be something that would make participants feel great and show off their strengths.
  • Mission #6: Creating a drawing of one of the main characters (i.e. super-hero, ally, bad guy).

Where and when

Children are free to do the activity in their own time at home and submit their stories and sketches to the project manager by emailing [email protected] 

Entries need to be submitted by 11pm on Sunday 13th December.

If you would rather do this activity as a group, we also plan to host an online workshop via Microsoft Teams, to support the activity if participants express interest. During this online activity we will go through each Mission together and share our drawings with the groups. This online activity is for those who wish to take part in a group activity rather than creating their Superhero story/sketch on their own. The workshop is for kids but parents can attend, too, if they like. This workshop will be held in December 2020 - date TBC.

Will I get anything for taking part?

The 10 best drawings will be digitalised by an award-winning children illustrator, while the best three drawings of characters will be brought to life as a custom-made soft toy!

Winners will be sent the prizes and asked to send a picture of their prize and their original drawing to the research team, alongside a permission for us to publish the story and pictures on e.g. Imperial College’s website or a booklet.

All participants will receive an online PDF of the final book of children stories and drawings.

The winners will be announced 4 weeks following the workshop. Prizes will be sent the following week.

The activity will be facilitated by an Imperial College research team.

How do I take part?


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Get In Touch

If you have any questions or wish to take part in this activity as part of an online workshop event, please email the project manager Lisa Aufegger:


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