Cooper Lumen Design Challenge Announced

December 13, 2013

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The Villager has written a story about the The "Cooper Lumen Design Challenge," the online campaign started by Paul Garrin (A'82) of WiFI-NY. The challenge looks to raise $10k for materials costs so that Cooper Union students of all three schools can collaborate on designing and building a standalone wifi / charging station / emergency lighting hub prototype for potential use around the Lower East Side. The project will be part of Toby Cumberbatch's Sustainable Design course in the spring semester. “It presents a lot of stimulating challenges,” Prof. Cumberbatch is quoted as saying. “But the big thing is that this involves real people and a real need on the Lower East Side, and it’ll push students to provide a great benefit to the neighborhood.”  Read the full article.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.