Modeled on and closely linked to the Harvard University, Idea Translation Lab; the course consists of a combination of lectures, including many guest lectures, and weekly “labs” where students work on developing their collaborative projects.
In April 2012, Science Gallery kicked-off an 8 week course for Transition Year (TY) students called Science, Technology and Society: The Idea Translation Lab (ITL). This course is part of a larger European FP7 project, Studiolab, which has education as one of its core strands. Modelled on, and closely linked to the Harvard University ITL and the TCD Broad Curriculum ITL course developed by Teresa Dillon (HACK THE CITY curator), the TY ITL course consists of a combination of talks from Science Gallery team members and external experts and “labs” where students collaboratively work on developing ideas into projects.
This course gives Transition Year students a unique opportunity to explore science’s interaction with society through practical examples and project work, and to work with the Science Gallery team at the boundaries between art, science, and design to develop new innovative ideas where these disciplines meet. It is a cross disciplinary course stimulating the development of transferable entrepreneurial skills through mentorship, collaboration and exploration in a dynamic and informal learning environment at Science Gallery. Upon completion of the course, outstanding student projects were included in the program for Science Gallery's flagship summer exhibition - HACK THE CITY.
The 2012 course had 20 participants from 12 different Schools largely drawn from the greater Dublin area with some students attending from as far afield as Monaghan, Westmeath, and Wicklow. The schools Involved include: The High School, Rathgar; Patrician High School, Carrickmacross; Athlone Community College, Athlone; Clonkeen College, Blackrock; Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew; Coláiste Pobail Setanta, Clonee; Loreto Secondary School, Bray; Moyle Park College, Clondalkin; Pobalscoil Rosmini, Drumcondra; St Brendan’s College, Bray; St. Declan’s College, Cabra.