On Saturday, May 12, it was standing-room only at the MIT Museum as D-Lab students, instructors and friends filled the MIT 360 Presentation Space for the annual D-Lab Spring Showcase. After a welcome by Amy Smith, D-Lab's founder and co-director, who introduced newcomers to D-Lab and explained the significance of this 10th anniversary-edition Showcase, instructors briefly described each of the D-Lab's six courses offered in Spring 2012.
New courses D-Lab: Biodiversity and D-Lab: Supply Chains made their Showcase debut, with D-Lab: Design, Disseminating WASH Innovations, Energy, and Health returning. D-Lab prides itself on a unique approach to hands-on experiential learning and real projects, and the different courses each had their own spin. D-Lab: Health, for example, encouraged all of their students to explore how to 'design for hack' and create a modular kit that would allow users to swap in locally available parts, try out other configurations for the device, and generally feel empowered to adapt and innovate!