The Idea Translation Lab is a new broad curriculum course available to Trinity College Dublin undergraduates. The Idea Translation course involves working on the boundaries of art and science, engineering and developing new innovative ideas where these disciplines meet.
About Idea Translation Lab
The Idea Translation Lab is a new broad curriculum course available to Trinity College Dublin undergraduates. The Idea Translation course involves working on the boundaries of art and science, engineering and developing new innovative ideas where these disciplines meet. It is a cross disciplinary undergraduate course stimulating the development of entrepreneurial skills through collaborative group projects.
Modelled 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.
Following the completion of the course and presentation of their projects, a select number of students have the opportunity to further develop their projects, as an extra curricular activity, through Trinity term and to take part in an intensive Summer workshop at Le Laboratoire in Paris.
Idea Translation Lab 2011 at Le Laboratoire
The Science Gallery/ Trinity College Dublin delegation to the August 2011 Idea Translation Lab workshops at Le Laboratoire, Paris, consisted of two projects, each with four students working on them.
Following the completion of the first pilot ITL undergraduate course in April 2011, students wishing to pursue their project ideas further were asked to submit an application to incubate their ideas through the Summer and participate in the ITL workshop in August.
Students met with Course Co-coordinator Ralph Borland in May to establish the projects they would develop further and assemble into teams.
A select number of students also participated in the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland workshops, meeting like-minded entrepreneurs and progressing their ideas further.
The two projects the students will take to Paris are summarized below. We are now moving into a phase where the eight participating students will be meeting weekly, through July and early August, with a variety of mentors to advance their ideas in time for the Paris workshop.
The students will be updating their progress regularly and will have a summary document of their work to date in August, 2011.