IDEA 2019: 3D Printing, Design and Innovation Summer Academy for Senior Cycle Secondary School Students

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Following the success of IDEA 2018, Dublin School of Creative Arts, TU Dublin is delighted to launch IDEA 2019, a one week summer Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship academy for Senior Cycle Secondary School Students. Over the course of the week, Students will be challenged to come up with business/ product/ social innovation concepts based around 3D printing. IDEA is supported by Intel and is a collaboration between several schools and bodies within TU Dublin including the Dublin School of Creative Arts, School of Mechanical and Design Engineering, Hothouse (our Knowledge Transfer and Incubation Centre), and ACE (our Access and Civic Engagement office).

When will it take place?
IDEA will run from the 24th to the 28th of June, starting at 9.30 and finishing at 4.30 daily. 

What is it about?
IDEA aims to inspire the next generation of Designers, Innovators, Change Makers and Entrepreneurs. Over the course of a week students will work in teams challenged with designing products based upon new/ emerging technologies, such as 3D Printing.

The week will start with studio based creative workshops which will challenge students to develop ideas and equip them with the tools to solve real-world design problems. The focus will be on design activities that capture user feedback and develop insight and understanding in order to produce a clear product vision.

Teams will then progress to prototyping their idea, and classes will include 3D modeling, 3D printing and Laser Cutting etc. Communications workshops will introduce the students to film editing software and each team will create a short film, made on smart phones, that explains their product. Business workshops will focus on entrepreneurship and teams will be helped to develop an elevator pitch based upon their product’s USPs.

Ultimately, the week will culminate in an exhibition of prototypes, screening of films and elevator pitchs to Hothouse, a representative from Intel as well as other panel members and the public.

The course will be delivered by Tu Dublin lecturing staff and throughout the week teams will be supported by TU Dublin design students who will help them develop their product/ prototype/ film etc. Through out the week, Studio time will be allowed for teams to work independently in order to develop their prototype, film and pitch.

Who is it for?
IDEA is aimed at Senior Cycle Secondary School Students i.e. those in Transition, 5th or 6th Year. The course will typically be of interest to students who like STEAM subjects such as Design, Technology, Engineering, Science, Art and Graphics but all are welcome and no prior experience is required.

How can I book much does it cost?
The cost is €75 for the week  and tickets can be purchased here

Where will it take place?
IDEA will take place at TU Dublin's new city centre campus in Grangegorman, Dublin 7. the campus is easily accessible from the Luas Green Line (Grangegorman stop) and from the Red Line (Smithfield, about 10 minutes walk).

Who can I contact if I have a query?
Queries can be directed to John Walsh, Assistant Head of School, Dublin School of Creative Arts. Email

What's the Schedule?
We are finalising the IDEA schedule but a draft can be found below:

IDEA Schedule




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  • IDEA Academy 2018 2
  • IDEA Academy 2018 3
  • IDEA Academy 2018 1b