AnitaAnita McKeown, the SMARTlab at UCD’s CATALYST Manager, has been awarded one of two international funding awards from SPIRES (Supporting People who Investigate Research Environments & Spaces), to support a three-week research trip to Rutgers University, New Jersey.

In addition to her management role, Anita is a resident interdisciplinary artist, researcher and PhD student at the SMARTlab. She will be visiting Arts Builds Communities (ABC) and also the Collaborative Center for Community-Based Learning, Service, and Public Scholarship.

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Queen-Mary SMARTlab’s CATALYST Manager Anita McKeown will be partaking in this year’s eighteenth International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2012) STEM + Art (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math + Art education) Roundtable discussion; a key part of Intel’s Education Day, taking place on the 23rd September in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Forty-two students from all over Ireland attended a Squishy Circuits challenge, facilitated by The SMARTlab on 7 June 2012 as part of UCD’s Engineering Summer School Challenge 2012.

The Summer School Challenge was designed to give potential students an insight into life as a UCD Engineering student. Squishy Circuits was the first Engineering Challenge of the day and the accessible art/science workshop, facilitated by the CATALYST team at SMARTlab, explored basic electronic circuits using conductive and insulating play dough.
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