Engineering Sciences 20: How to Create Things & Have Them Matter

Please join us for the course shopping session to learn more & apply! The course takes place spring semester on Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-3pm and course shopping will be held:

Monday, January 27th, 1-3pm @ SEAS Pierce Hall ground floor (outside of teaching labs)

About ES20

Spring 2014: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-3pm in Science Center B10

SPECIAL CREATOR CLASS WITH NEW YORK ARTIST MARK DION – Spring Semester 2014

ART, DESIGN & ENGINEERING MEET IN THE GLOBAL CHALLENGE OF OCEAN BIODIVERSITY

Students in this year’s “How to Create Things & Have Them Matter” class will form groups around art, design and engineering ideas that help address biodiversity and manage the incredible jellyfish blooms that have begun to accelerate the demise of our oceans. Students will learn to generate, develop and realize breakthrough ideas while learning basic skills of engineering design, brainstorming, prototyping, and public presentations. These ideas will be brainstormed with artist Mark Dion, whose 2014/2015 exhibition at Le Laboratoire Paris — and the new Laboratoire Cambridge — will give students the chance to participate in, and contribute to, a major art installation.  The class will include opportunities for a jellyfish expedition in the Boston Harbor, a working trip to Cape Town, South Africa, an innovation workshop at Le Laboratoire, Paris, and funding for continued project development following the course.

Application Process: All completely passionate students (any concentration) welcomed - no prior experience necessary. Instructors: David Edwards & Andrea Sachdeva.

Summer Fellowships

At the end of the course, those students interested in carrying on with their idea development will have the opportunity to receive funding for a summer idea translation experience in the USA or abroad, including mentored idea development experiences in Paris, France at Le Laboratoire and in Cape Town, South Africa at XYZ Design. Student ideas funded in the past have led to multiple for-profit and nonprofit organizations and cultural exhibitions internationally.

Ideas generated in the course aim to become profitable companies, non-profit organizations or major works of art. They build on a strong tradition of past class successes, including: Medicine in Need (MEND), Le Whif (a new way of consuming chocolate, coffee and vitamins by breathing that has now become Breathable Foods and led do the creation of Aeroshot), the Pumpkin (a new way of carrying water inspired by a biological cell), and Soccket (a soccer ball that captures kinetic energy from being kicked around that can be harvested for electricity).

Course Enrollment

In the planning and course transition for the opening of The Lab Cambridge in 2014, the spring 2014 course will have an expanded enrollment of 40 students. Students should attend the course “shopping session” to learn more about the course and its application process.

Course Shopping/Info Session:

Monday, January 27th

1-3pm

location: Pierce Hall ground floor (outside of teaching labs)



Contact

Contact Andrea Sachdeva at asachdeva@seas.harvard.edu with any questions.