Strange Weather and The Perfect Storm –Trinity’s Science Gallery and The Innovation Academy
Six multidisciplinary undergraduate teams, consisting of both TCD and NCAD students certainly inspired the audience at the Science Gallery Paccar Theatre last Thursday when they pitched their project concepts emanating from The Science Gallery’s provoking theme of ‘Strange Weather’. After 12 weeks of methodical planning, from seed ideas to conceptual ventures, this Ideas Translation Programme culminated with the pitch presentations from the teams to an Expert Judging Panel consisting of Prof. Aideen Long, Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr Barry McMahon, Course Director of the Innovation Academy and Zack Denfeld, Curator of The Science Gallery-Strange Weather Exhibition.
Team ‘Extreme Weather and Homelessness’ , consisting of Orla El Gemayel, a design student from NCAD and TCD- Psychology students, Emma Lambert and Emmet Browne captured the hearts of the panel with their socially conscious, low-cost, renewable sleeping bag concept, designed to protect the homeless against extreme weather conditions.
The Ideas Translation Lab, which is the brainchild of David Edwards, founder of Le Laboratoire Paris is now in its third year at the TCD Science Gallery and this year marked the transition into a dynamic and exciting phase by partnering with TCD’s Innovation Academy. The action learning approach to teaching creativity and concept development, synonymous with the Academy facilitated the creation of a diversity of imaginative concepts from ‘a lifestyle-app to prepare you physically and physcologically for unpredictable weather’ , ‘alternative water and heating solutions’ to ‘Sculpture’ -designed to evoke the beauty and mystic of Strange Weather .
Working in high performance multidisciplinary teams, designing and building prototypes, judicious planning and the passionate pitching of their own ideas are the core transferable skills that these 6 teams will all take away to implement into their future studies and careers. This unique Ideas Translation Lab Programme spans the boundaries of Art and Science where students gain a fantastic opportunity to meet designers, artists, subject matter experts and entrepreneurs and cultivate highly original solutions to society’s grand challenges.