Design Students Claim Top Prize in "Moving Education" Research Project


Following the win by two 3rd year undergraduate students of Product Design Innovation at the Institute of Technology Carlow, Nicolai Fuhrmann, Pearl Heneghan and Paddy Dennis of the TFE (Task Furniture in Education) presented an award to Lee Gaynor and Dan Gillen at the Institute on 10th June 2014.

Dr Patricia Mulcahy of the Institute was in attendance and commented on the quality of the engagement by the Carlow design students with this European funded FP7 research project.

The prototype, designed and produced by the undergraduates of IT Carlow will now move to Bridge21 in Trinity College Dublin where it will be a central part of the research project for moving education.

Mr Colin Deevy, Programme Director for the Product Design Innovation programme at IT Carlow and Co Director of designCORE, the postgraduate research centre at the Institute commented that, "this FP7 funded TFE research initiative through the remit of the Marie Curie Academia-Industry Partnerships and Pathways is a wonderful example of how the enthusiasm & collective drive of third level learner-researchers can be harnessed to meet the needs for primary research in the recently announced EU-Horizon20/20 funding framework".

The European Union funded Marie Curie FP7 Academia-Industry project attracted global entries from the US, Europe & Asia from multi-disciplinary research teams.  The project, sponsored by TFE (Task Furniture in Education) under the FP7 framework, sought engagement in primary research & analysis into secondary level educational pedagogies. The statistical data gathered aimed to inform development of alternative pedagogical strategies in this sector.

An international panel of Judges were enthusiastic when awarding the ITCarlow team as the winner research proposal. They commended the team members Daniel Gillen, Lee Gaynor & Hauke Larche (an Erasmus student from HfG Gmünd) in the extensive primary research data used the development of their 'Freedom Within Limits' proposal.