3D Innovation Design Entrepreneurship Academy for Senior Cycle Students

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Is there a creative teen in your life? Then point them in this direction. The Dublin School of Creative Arts and DIT’s IDEA programme is an unforgettable summer experience. The Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Academy is aimed at senior cycle secondary school students. Over the course of one week, these budding entrepreneurs must come up with business, product and social innovation concepts based around emerging technologies such as 3D printing.

Design Course Content

The week starts with studio-based creative workshops. This challenges the students to develop ideas, then equips them with the tools to solve real-world design problems.

Teams then progress to prototyping their idea, and undergo classes in 3D modelling, 3D printing and Laser Cutting etc.

Communications workshops introduce the students to film editing software. There, each team will create a short film on smartphones, explaining their product.

The business workshops focus on entrepreneurship. There teams develop an elevator pitch based on their product’s unique selling points.

The week culminates in an exhibition of prototypes, screenings and public elevator pitches to a panel which includes representatives from DIT Hothouse and Intel.


The course is delivered by DIT lecturing staff. Throughout the week, teams will be supported by DIT design students with the development of their innovations. IDEA aims to inspire the next generation of designers, innovators, change-makers and entrepreneurs.

The programme is supported by Intel Ireland, the Higher Education Authority and a collaboration of schools and bodies within DIT.

IDEA takes place at DIT Grangegorman June 25th – 29th, 2018 and is aimed at Senior Cycle Secondary School Students (Transition, 5th or 6th Year).

For more information visit www.dit.ie

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Cormac O' Meara

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