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2016 Inventgenuity Festival

Jan 23, 2016 @ 11:00 am - Jan 24, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

| Free
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Beam Center will put kids’ hands on the levers of natural phenomena in a big collaborative project, workshops and demonstrations at its seventh annual Inventgenuity Festival. The 2016 theme is NATURAL MACHINERY. As it does in its public school collaborations, camps, and afterschool programs, Beam Center blends art, science and imagination at this popular annual winter celebration of making things, this year at a new location, PS32/MS442 in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

In this year’s Festival Project, the Mechanical Marsh, (designed by sculptor Andrew Brehm) kids will construct real and imagined mechanical birds that will appear to take flight in a large-scale kinetic sculpture-scape. 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 NATURAL MACHINERY theme: through making Thaumatropes (Alex Nathanson), Color Wheels (Elizabeth Hurst), Omnivorous Plants (Jaimie Warren), Balancing Sculptures (Brett Van Aalsburg), Wooden Snakes (Mitchell Dose) and more.

The Festival will also feature several of the large-scale projects that the Beam Center faculty has collaborated on with NYC public school students and teachers: Funktions: algebraic visualization screen (Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School), Digital Poetry Machine: a word board that uses the Twitter API (Brooklyn International High School), Wall of Boomboxes (MS 442).

Inventgenuity Festival takes at PS 32/MS 442 (enter on Union Street between Hoyt and Bond Streets) on Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24 from 11am – 5pm. Admission to the festival is free, advance registration required. Advance online reservations for workshops ($8.25 each) will be available two weeks prior to the Festival.


Jan 23, 2016 @ 11:00 am
Jan 24, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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PS 32/ MS442
317 Hoyt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231 United States


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