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!

THANKS TO ALL FOR MAKING THE 2017 INVENTGENUITY FESTIVAL HAPPEN.

600+ Attendees
386 Individual Workshop Projects
1000 Paper Airplanes Launched
150 Yards of Fabric Inflatable Crops Sewed

 
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FESTIVAL FEATURES

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.

 
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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.

 
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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.