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4th Annual Brooklyn Inventgenuity Festival

January 15, 2013

This fest sounds like fun and I hear it fills up quickly! It’s is a two-day festival presented by Beam Center (free except for a small materials fee) with workshops running both days that are completely hand-on for the kids – teaching them cool things they are already interested in – animation, electronics, and all things digital. They get a behind the scenes tutorial on what makes all of their electronics work! Here are the details. Have fun!

Kids go DIGITAL BY HAND at the fourth annual Brooklyn Inventgenuity Festival, weekend of collaboration, technology, craft and imagination

When: 11AM-5PM – Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27, 2013

Where: The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn

Who: Kids grades 2nd through 8th

How much: Free admission, materials fee for some workshops

How to register: Click Here

Brooklyn’s fourth annual Inventgenuity Festival, presented by Beam Center, fills two large gallery spaces with fun and engaging hands-on activities. With public projects and workshops led by Beam Center’s faculty of artists, engineers and big thinkers, the Inventgenuity Festival has become a popular annual winter celebration of making things for kids and their parents.

At the Inventgenuity Festival, kids will playfully and productively investigate what digital technology and manual mechanisms have in common. In two days of hands-on workshops and on-going collective projects led by expert makers and manipulators of sound, image, electricity, and motion kids will explore this year’s theme, DIGITAL BY HAND.

Says Beam Center’s Co-Founder Danny Kahn: “We love watching kids jump behind and beyond the screen to discover how the magic is made and meeting the artists and engineers that make it through nothing less than hard work, persistence and imagination. We feel it’s our job, our mission really, to physicalize and make play out of concepts that are generally veiled in mystery and expertise.”

In the weekend’s big Project designed by Allen Riley, “Physical Video Processing Unit,” kids will become the bits and bytes of a room-sized video machine using physical materials to edit and transform video. Participation in the project is free. Attendees may also sign-up for one of the rotating slate of 45-
minute workshops. Scheduled workshops will explore DIGITAL BY HAND through animation (Brett Van Aalsburg), sound (Daniel Fishkin), convection (Reid Bingham), electronics (Susan Ngo), handmade motors (Eun Jung (EJ) Park), and painting (Jaclyn Brown).

Brooklyn Inventgenuity Festival takes place on the third floor of The Invisible Dog Art Center on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27 from 11am – 5pm. Admission to the festival is free, registration required (http://inventgenuityfestival.beamcenter.org). Advance online reservations for workshops ($8.25 materials fee) will be available two weeks prior to Festival. All workshops will repeat throughout the day; most workshops will be available both days of the festival.