The Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT), the university-level research institute positioned at the nexus of arts, design, engineering, and science, is uniquely partnered with the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech and is housed in the Moss Arts Center. More than just a “media lab,” ICAT is a transdisciplinary living lab that is tightly integrated with educational, commercial, and arts communities.
ICAT’s primary goals are three-fold:
- To prepare primary, secondary, and university students to work and succeed in a world where science, technology, engineering, and math education collaborate and where working as part of a diverse team is mandatory.
- To promote new, transdisciplinary research domains that transcend boundaries between art, design, engineering, and science to fuel future innovation within local, state, and national industrial partners.
- To encourage people of all ages to participate in the creative process, where new ideas can come from anywhere, most often from those with a lifetime of personal experience.
All research driven or supported by ICAT has one or more of the following effects:
- Transforming K-12 and university education in the local community, across the Commonwealth, and across the U.S. to prepare students to be part of a new type of transdisciplinary workforce necessary to succeed in this era of rapid innovation.
- Driving economic development in Virginia by creating an environment for spinning off and partnering with companies that can adapt and succeed in response to the transdisciplinary driving forces of today’s economy.
- Engaging with the local community at the intersections of science, engineering, art, and design.