INVENTGENUITY FESTIVAL 2017
Beam Center puts kids’ hands on sewing machines, glue guns, circuitry and other tools in a big collaborative project, workshops and demonstrations at its eighth annual Inventgenuity Festival. Kids will make Bobblehead Clones, Kinetically-Modified Crops and other projects in an imaginative, craft-based take on bio-engineering. As it does in its public school partnerships, camps, and afterschool programs, Beam Center blends art, science and imagination at this popular annual winter celebration of making things, held at PS32/MS442 in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Also, the first ever Beam Team Brooklyn project will be on display for all to see!
Free admission to the event with registration. Advance online sign-ups for workshops available below.
WHEN: 11AM-5PM • Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, 2017
WHERE: PS 32/MS 442, Union Street (between Hoyt & Bond), Brooklyn • F/G to Carroll Street
workshop are for kids age 7 and up! other activities are open to younger children
Workshop Leader: Lizzie Hurst
Turn plastic bags into colorful flowers that shine in the dark. Using photo-resistors and LEDs, you'll make a glowing wearable button or badge for jacket or backpack.
Workshop Leader: Jeff Wood
Dream up dragon snouts, rhino horns, phoenix wings and whale tails, and make anatomical lino-carvings of animals both real and mythic. Then mix and match your parts with others, and make prints of fantastical hybrid creatures to take home. The combinations are endless!
Workshop Leaders: David Golann/Briana Clinton
Build a handy device that measures conductivity in soil, dough or anywhere dryness is the enemy. Never again let a plant die or bite into a stale pastry!
Workshop Leader: Yung Oh Le Page
Using the techniques of artist Claes Oldenburg as a starting point, tranform tissue paper, glue and cardboard into your own version of one of living matter's building blocks.
Workshop Leader: Andrew Cerrito
Invent new life forms that skitter and crawl on table and floor. Using wire wrapping tools, you'll create a battery "clip" to turn your creatures on/off by with a coin cell battery.
WIND FARM PROJECT
The inspiration for the theme is Mitchell Dose's Festival Project, WIND FARM an epic scale inflatable garden installation of kinetically modified agriculture. Kids will design, cut and sew their own textile-based plants brought to life by a hand-cranked (and hand-built) impeller fan.
WORKSHOPS & DEMONSTRATIONS
Participation in the project is free as are demonstrations that will include presentations from DBA Arcade Cabinets, Nerdy Derby, and Gerb’s Garage. Attendees may also sign-up for one of the rotating slate of 45-minute workshops. Scheduled workshops with Beam Center faculty will explore the ORGANIC MECHANICS theme: through making Personal Terrariums, Portable Plant Sensors, Bobblehead Clones, and more.
BEAM TEAM INTERACTIVE GAMING & MS442 PROJECTS
The Festival will also feature interactive projects built by middle schoolers at Beam Center. The Beam Team will invite attendees to play the five original arcade, board and card games they designed, prototyped and fabricated in their 16-week afterschool program. Students from MS 442 will entertain the crowd with music from their custom-built speakers created as part of the school’s FabLab partnership with Beam Center.
This activity is not sponsored or endorsed by the New York City Department of Education or the City of New York.