D-STEM: a Design led approach to STEM innovation

Toomey, Anne and Kapsali, Veronika (2014) D-STEM: a Design led approach to STEM innovation. In: A Matter of Design: Making Society through Science and Technology Proceedings of the 5th STS Italia Conference. STS Italia Publishing, Milan, pp. 425-438. ISBN 9789078146056

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Abstract

Advances in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) disciplines offer opportunities for designers to propose and make products with advanced, enhanced and engineered properties and functionalities. In turn, these advanced characteristics are becoming increasingly necessary as resources become ever more strained through 21st century demands, such as ageing populations, connected communities, depleting raw materials, waste management and energy supply. We need to make things that are smarter, make our lives easier, better and simpler. The products of tomorrow need to do more with less. The issue is how to maximize the potential for exploiting opportunities offered by STEM developments and how best to enable designers to strengthen their position within the innovation ecosystem. As a society, we need designers able to navigate emerging developments from the STEM community to a level that enables understanding and knowledge of the new material properties, the skill set to facilitate absorption into the design ‘toolbox’ and the agility to identify, manage and contextualise innovation opportunities emerging from STEM developments. This paper proposes the blueprint for a new design led approach to STEM innovation that begins to redefine studio culture for the 21st Century.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: W200 Design studies
W700 Crafts
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Veronika Kapsali
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2015 12:04
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 22:05
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/23876

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