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Pages: 2964-2969
Publication year: 2018
ISBN: 978-84-09-05948-5
ISSN: 2340-1095
doi: 10.21125/iceri.2018.1665

Conference name: 11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 12-14 November, 2018
Location: Seville, Spain

INTERROGATING D-STEM: A DESIGN LED APPROACH TO STEM INNOVATION

A. Toomey1, J. Tan2

1Royal College of Art (UNITED KINGDOM)
2The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HONG KONG)
Design-STEM, or D-STEM was first described by the author in 2014, together with Dr Veronica Kapsali, as a new approach to design-led innovation that capitalised on the advances in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) domains. In particular, they focused on advances in materials science and their relevance to textiles and drew on their experience within higher education and industry funded research to develop their perspective.

Essentially, D-STEM uses existing design practice as a point of departure and is characterised by the following qualities: designing with advanced materials; designing advanced material systems; prototyping using advanced fabrication and designing products with advanced functionalities. D-STEM goes beyond the knowledge transfer of Design and STEM interdisciplinary collaboration and is an adaptation of the conventional design process and aims to merge the creative, opportunity seeking aspects of design with the systematic, experimental, knowledge seeking aspects of the STEM domains. A D-STEM designer can understand enough STEM to not only exploit a novel or emerging material, but is also able to absorb the knowledge into their design ‘toolbox’ and has the agility to manage and contextualise innovation emerging from the STEM communities.

Now, in 2018, it is time to revisit these proposals for a new studio culture that could support 21st century designers who are challenged to understand and work collaboratively across many differing disciplines, both from within the broad field of design and also beyond that into highly contrasting fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

This work presents a series of case studies that address aspects of smart textiles and wearable technology,. The methodologies used are questioned through the lens of D-STEM thinking in order to interrogate the skill set of the 21st century smart textiles practitioner and identify future considerations for design education.
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A. Toomey, J. Tan (2018) INTERROGATING D-STEM: A DESIGN LED APPROACH TO STEM INNOVATION, ICERI2018 Proceedings, pp. 2964-2969.
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