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New Summer Innovation Workshop Sees Indian and Irish Students Join Forces for ILLUSION Projects

Posted on 13 August 2013

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During the first week of August, students from the Mallya Aditi International School in Bangalore joined Dublin-based teenagers for an intensive and exciting Summer Innovation Workshop in Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin. The 6 Indian and 6 Irish students took part in a jam-packed week of experiments, talks and cultural visits which culminated in a gallery presentation where they shared the results of their work with friends, family, students and staff. The summer workshop was the first of its kind to be hosted by Trinity College Dublin and Science Gallery in collaboration with one of Bangalore's top secondary schools, Mallya Aditi.

The Innovation Workshop was designed to coordinate with Science Gallery's current ILLUSION exhibition. The week began with an introduction to the science behind the exhibition from its curator, Paul Gleeson. Students then worked in groups throughout the week to create ILLUSION projects of their own. Along the way they met with scientists and researchers from Trinity College Dublin and explored the resources available in the University's research institutes and facilities like the Zoological Museum. A strong emphasis was placed on the methodology of creating their ILLUSION projects—from ideation and refinement to prototyping and final preparation. Led by Science Gallery facilitators, the students were exposed to the unique ways of thinking about science and public engagement that have brought over one million visitors to Science Gallery Dublin.

The Irish participants in the program were selected from the Trinity Access Programme, which works with a variety of Dublin-area schools. The six visiting students from Mallya Aditi, a leading international school, are all entering their final year in high school. The school shares a Bangalore campus with the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology which forms part of the steering committee set up in November 2012 to explore the potential of establishing a Science Gallery Bangalore.

The workshop was championed by Trinity's Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, Professor Clive Williams, after a successful visit to Mallya Aditi's campus last year. Speaking at the event Vice President for Global Relations at Trinity, Professor Jane Ohlmeyer said: "We are delighted to welcome you all to Trinity and we hope that through the exciting schedule of events you will be able to explore your interest across a broad range of academic areas and gain an insight into what it is like to study at Trinity College Dublin." Both Trinity and Science Gallery look forward to offering similar workshops in the future.