Lab Projects - dlr Teen Entrepreneur STEM Camp

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Libraries and Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown (LEO DLR) in conjunction with Science Foundation Ireland are delighted to host a fourth dlr Teen Entrepreneur STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) Camp for Transition Year students this Autumn. The venue is again the dlr LexIcon LAB, a space which offers programmes on coding, computer programming, 3D printing, robotics and other creative technologies to people of all ages. The camp consists of weekly sessions running from October to November 2019 and will include Workshops; Guest Entrepreneurs and Project Maker Days. The camp will culminate in a Show and Share Event in November 2019 at which participants will demonstrate their projects to school peers and community members.


Camp Objectives

  • Familiarise participants with STEM using coding, basic electronics, robotics and design software
  • Introduce students to the practical uses and possibilities of new creative technology
  • Encourage and support entrepreneurial skills in all participants through workshops and talks
  • Foster teamwork, collaboration and learning through hands-on making sessions, vital for today’s workplace


Workshop Topics

  • Coding; Python, Scratch
  • Electronics and programming; Raspberry Pi and Arduino
  • 3D Design and Printing; CAD
  • Prototyping; Design thinking and paper prototyping

·      Prototyping; Design thinking and paper prototyping


Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire basic coding skills for developing apps and controlling computer systems
  • Learn how to design and print simple 3D objects using CAD
  • Achieve greater understanding of how technologies can create solutions to everyday problems
  • Apply problem-solving skills using coding and electronics
  • Appreciate the relevance of STEM to considering career options including enterprise creation
  • Develop greater communication, collaboration and presentation skills through group learning


School Subjects Relevance

Applied Maths Curriculum; Business/Enterprise; Woodwork, Science Subjects

Art and Design; Mechanical Drawing; Technology and Engineering; Career Guidance


Active Learning

The four workshops are student-centred with an active learning approach marrying theory and practice. To complete the learning cycle student teams will be challenged to develop a project to integrate and apply their learning which will be shared at a final presentation event with their peers in early December. To enrich this experience the students will encounter and learn from two new technology developers and entrepreneurs who will share insights into STEM career options.


Check out our blog to see the varied and impressive creations from dlr Teen Entrepreneur STEM Camp 2018!