Multidisciplinary student teams from inno.space - Design Factory Mannheim (Germany), Pace University - Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems (USA), Pratt Institute (USA), Warsaw University of Technology (Poland), and Swinburne University of Technology (Australia), collaborate with researchers at CERN to discover novel solutions for the future of humankind, for CBI A³.
For two weeks, their objective was to connect CERN technology and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular with ATTRACT technologies. To understand better these goals, and to be able to connect these technologies with societal needs in a tangible way, they had the chance to visit the UN headquarters, and to talk with experts.
Our students value sustainability and are aware of global issues. IdeaSquare is a good place for them to contribute to finding creative solutions for them.
During their first week, in addition to prototyping, they had the opportunity to try out some experiments like constructing their own cloud chamber at S'Cool LAB, and ideating on terraforming. On the second week, the continued to learn Design Innovation, Collaborative Mindset, and how to include SDGs in their projects. They finally presented the projects that they have been working on, and discussed how they could improve them with the others students and our experts. Among these projects, there were glasses that could describe the environment for blind people, a system to put out forest fires with ashes, a room whose lights change colour according to the words spoken there to appease or stimulate conversation, or a system to improve pain detection by analysing faces.
Students participating in IdeaSquare have the opportunity to engage first-hand in proposing solutions to the large global problems we face today. It is a great opportunity for students to learn how to collaborate and be exposed to an international community.
The idea behind the CBI A³ project is to create a space where societal, human-driven needs meet research at CERN.