Weekends at Beam Center
Insight Into ______! Free Sunday workshops for students in grades 7 and up
We asked a group of artists, filmmakers, musicians, designers and engineers what ideas they were obsessed with right now. What they told us - animating humans, building ping pong mazes, forging crystals, and more - got us excited! So we've asked them to design workshops around these ideas where middle and high schoolers can investigate, dive deep, make and learn.
Insight Into _______! workshops meet from 1pm to 4pm on Sundays. The workshops are free with advance registration. Students can sign up for one or more at a time, but each workshop is limited to twenty participants. Note: these are multiple week workshops! Please only sign up for a workshop if your child can attend all sessions!
March 2 & 9
Insight Into: Chocolate Design!
In this two week workshop, kids will learn a product design process and apply it to prototyping a chocolate bar. They will develop their own concepts for a chocolate bar through sketching and model-making, and then cast their own chocolate bars. Students will manufacture a custom chocolate mold which they can take home at the end of the class.
Allison Milgrom is a product designer who has developed toys, housewares, gadgets and cake pans for KitchenAid, Hershey's, Godiva, The Food Network and more. Her areas of expertise include 3D printing, product development, consumer research and manufacturing consulting. She currently teaches classes for kids in a variety of topics including design, science and robot building. Prior to becoming a designer, Allison worked as a skin scientist in the cosmetics industry. She has a BS from Cornell University, a MS in Science from the University of Cincinnati and a MS in Design from Pratt Institute.
March 16, 23, & 30
Insight Into: Design Thinking!
In this three week workshop, we'll explore kinetics and the design process to dig deep, and re-imagine the places and objects around us. What if your pen was used for brain surgery instead of writing? First, we'll explore the limits of creative thinking through hacking objects. Next, we'll expand our knowledge of mechanisms (levers, circular motion, tracks, springs, universal joints) and make contraptions inspired by physical gestures. And finally, we'll use the design skills we've learned to create a sensory experience that integrates play with food.
Tim Macken is an industrial designer finishing up his degree at Pratt. He believes there is a beauty yet to be found in animating products and that can teach us a little more about ourselves. By utilizing his sensitivity to form learned from schooling and combining it with his exploration in kinetics, he aims to design to have people feel for products in ways they have never experienced before.
Christina Perla is a young industrial designer finishing up her last semester at Pratt. She is particularly passionate about toy design, and especially loves the exploration of interaction. Her work blends function and play, always thinking of how the user will explore the product. She has worked at Converse designing accessories for the company, and other smaller design-build studios.