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Science Gallery Introduces Bangalore Students to Career Opportunities in Science, Art and Technology during Novel Innovation Workshop

Posted on 2 December 2013

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Over the course of a four day Innovation Workshop, 50 students from schools in Bangalore were introduced to leading academics and entrepreneurs who challenged them to work collaboratively and develop projects through the process of innovation and idea generation, highlighting the career opportunities available for multi-disciplines in science and technology fields.  The Innovation Workshop was facilitated by Mallya Aditi International School in Bangalore and marks the first of its kind to take place in India.  The theme of the workshop was ILLUSION, and the event builds on previous collaborations between the Government of Karnataka, Trinity College Dublin, Science Gallery Dublin, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, and Mallya Aditi International School.

The unique Innovation Workshop combined seminars, workshops and talks to give students hands on experience of the processes that go into idea generation, and project development and delivery. Promoting interdisciplinary integration across subjects, the Innovation Workshop highlighted how art and science can connect to foster innovation and excellence in science and technology.
The Ambassador of Ireland to India, H.E. Feilim McLaughlin, welcomed the initiative, describing it as a highly innovative collaboration which brings together the best in Indian and Irish artistic and scientific endeavour.  “The intersection of art and science has inspired many of the world's finest minds over the centuries and I am delighted to see Trinity College Dublin involved in this initiative,” he said. “When the Science Gallery at Trinity opened in Dublin it revolutionised the way that the public thought about and engaged with the sciences. The fact that Trinity, with the support of the Government of Karnataka, has now brought this interactive experience to Bangalore will allow the Science Gallery experience to be shared by many thousands of people here in India. Trinity has developed strong links with educational institutions in the country and this initiative is a good example of their innovative approach to building those relationships, drawing on centuries of heritage in the arts and sciences.”

Commenting on the event, Trinity College Dublin’s Vice President for Global Relations, Professor Jane Ohlmeyer said: “The Innovation Workshop encourages students to form new perspectives and provides a stimulating environment that allows for new forms of creativity, opening students’ minds to the vast possibilities available in the fields of science, art and technology.  In August 2013 students from the Mallya Aditi International School joined Dublin-based teenagers for an intensive and exciting Innovation Workshop in Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin.  We are delighted to be building on the success of that collaboration and contributing to this Innovation Workshop in Bangalore.” 

Science Gallery Dublin, an initiative pioneered by Ireland’s leading university Trinity College Dublin, facilitated a workshop on Day 2 of the event.  Speaking about Science Gallery’s involvement in the Innovation Workshop, founding director of Science Gallery at Trinity, Dr Michael John Gorman said: “The Science Gallery philosophy is all about the creative collisions that happen when art and science collide, leading to new insights and innovations. This workshop, exploring the theme of ILLUSION and how the senses can be deceived, is a great example. Both in the Summer Innovation workshop held in Dublin and the ILLUSION workshop in Bangalore we have been blown away by the creativity of the students and their ability to combine scientific rigour with artistic intuition. We are truly excited about the potential for establishing a Science Gallery in Bangalore as part of the Global Science Gallery Network, involving leading universities in key cities around the world in engaging young adults with the creative and transformative potential of science, technology and the arts.”

Speaking at the event, the Principal and College Advisor of Mallya Aditi International School, Mr Sathish Jayarajan, said: “Mallya Adti International School is proud and honoured to be organising this Innovation Workshop in association with Science Gallery Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, and the Government of Karnataka’s Department of Science and Technology. Partly inspired by the visit of a group of our students and faculty to Science Gallery Dublin, this workshop gives a diverse group of students, from different schools in Bengaluru,  opportunities for creative and exciting explorations at the intersection of science and the arts.  Over four days, these students will work on hands-on projects which will emphasise collaboration, engagement and active learning. The workshop highlights our commitment to working with like-minded partners to create an art and science exploration hub for our city.”

During the course of the week students engaged in four days of stimulating and activity-based sessions that allowed them collaboratively build projects through idea generation and hands on innovation.  The sessions helped develop teamwork and project management skills and focused on peer-to-peer learning where students could openly explore their ideas and talents.  Topics included physics principles of light, imaging, digital mirrors, shadow play, virtual reality and foley sounds, led by the Brainstars team.  Students were given the opportunity to interpret these scientific principles through creativity and will construct an installation of illusion. Additionally they worked on principles of biology creating BioBits such as restriction, digestion and isolation along with bacterial transformation and isolation of DNA. The intensive workshop was led by Aristogene with input from Science Gallery Dublin facilitator, Joseph Roche.

Srivatsa Krishna, Secretary, IT/BT and Science and Technology, Government of Karnataka, congratulated the team and emphasised the importance of collaborative teaching and the benefit of interdisciplinary learning for students.  “Introducing students to the creative arts while maintaining the pursuit of science brings a new educational dimension to the classroom and is a great way to teach in-depth science in today's holistic space. Science Gallery Bangalore must become a permanent iconic landmark on the city's rich innovation and Science landscape. It should be the home for the collision of Science, Innovation, Art and Technology and they should all be accessible for the common man and to evoke scientific temper and curiosity in Karnataka.  It is critical for India to maintain its advantage in the domain of the pure Sciences, yet adapt our skill sets for the evolving global market-place.”

The Innovation Workshop grew out of an open call to schools in Bangalore for a proposal on the theme of ‘Illusion’, which was won by Mallya Aditi International School (MAIS).  In August 2013 a group of students from MAIS attended a week long workshop at Trinity’s Science Gallery in Dublin where they had an opportunity to work with Irish students from a variety of schools in Dublin.  Growing from this engagement the students and faculty wished to share their experience with their Indian counterparts and the foundations were laid for an Innovation Workshop in Bangalore.  During the event the students will reconstruct the installation that was developed at Trinity College Dublin, titled ‘Infinite Desert’.