Photo by Michael A. Clubine
Workshops: July 15th – 19th, July 22nd – 26th, JUly 29th – August 2nd, August 5th- August 9th
Derby: August 10th (every car built out of found material can be part of the race!)
In Open Source Gallery’s Soup Box Workshop, children aged 7 to 15 learn to construct functional, eco-friendly soap box racers out of recycled materials. Under the strict supervision of our watchful counselors, campers are introduced to a variety of tools, from the basic nails, hammers, and hand saws to drills, screws and power sanders. We will be encouraging the campers to plan their design on paper with sketches, notes, and calculations and to think out of the box! Time will be spent outside collecting found objects and additional building materials, and the cars will be tested at each stage of their construction in front of the gallery and in the playground down the block. During the lunch hour the kids will be brought down to the playground to eat and have free play, or time can be spent with kids continuing work on their cars depending on their progress.
The workshop has received rave reviews over the past 5 years from publications such as Brooklyn Independent Television, Daily News (a 2-page spread!), Popular Mechanics, Park Slope Courier, and Brooklyn Paper, to name a few.
The culmination of the workshop is the annual soap box derby on 17th street .
17th Street between 5th and 6th Ave, South Slope
All participants, families, and friends are invited to come to the derby, and everybody is welcome to participate!
Fueled by the success of our popular soap box workshop and derby, we at Open Source have launched a series of new building and engineering classes as part of out new KOKO curriculum. As an artist and a parent myself, I believe it is important to nurture and fuel a child’s imaginations and creativity. By teaching in a small and open environment, children receive the special attention to flourish and develop their own senses of individuality through art and technology. We believe our program would be a good extracurricular for your students and would appreciate it if you would forward this email to the parents of your student body.
257 17th street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
BitBots Building Workshop
Monday: 4-5pm, Tuesday: 5-6; Ages 5-6
BitBots Building Workshop + Stop-Motion Film
Monday: 5-6pm, Tuesday: 4-5; Ages 7-9
Make something! Light it, push it, turn it, twist it, bend it, buzz it, blink it, shake it… and then make a film about it!
littleBits are simple electronic modules, each with specific functions, which can be snapped together with magnets to create large and elaborate circuits for prototyping and play. littleBits makes electronic engineering accessible to people of all ages whatever their skill level may be.
We will use materials such as play-doh, cardboard, legos, paper, and more to create sculptures that come to life when combined with the littleBits.
The 7 to 9 year-olds will also write a story bord and make a stop-motion film on the creation of their projects. ( TED talk )
1 Semester (1 hour/week)
Sept 24/25 – Dec 17/18: $320
Boats with Bo
Wednesday 3:30-6pm; Ages 8-12
“Optimists” are simple small jolly boats designed and built by the students.
A sink or swim workshop that explores the physics of boat building by creating fully functioning “Optimists,” easy to build boats used worldwide to teach children how to sail. Students will explore traditional and experimental methods based on their own sensibilities over the course of a year, which will culminate in field trips to put their creations to the test. We will be building boats mainly out of found materials in the spirit of the soap box summer camp.
Full Year (2.5 hours/week):
Sept 27 – June13: $1440
Alternative Energy from Scratch
Wednesday: 6-7pm Ages 11-15
Building windmill generators from cans and magnets.
Does your child disassemble toys and electronics to find out how they work? Experienced enineer and emerging artist Hubert Dobler will lead a class in building generators capable of producing their own energy using recycled household items.
Practical engeneering, physics and mechanical skills are explored in cooperation with ideas of conservation and renewable energy. The projects are very technical and help kids with specific interest in engineering to manifest and explore their passion.
1 Semester (1 hour/week)
Oct 3 – Dec 19: $380
Friday: 4-5pm and 5-6pm. Ages 7-9
The Sculptural Balance
The mobile we know today was invented by the American sculptor Alexander Calder in the 1930’s and 1940’s according to the simple principle of allowing air and wind to move hanging objects. Today, the construction of a mobile has advanced into a sophisticated study of structure, balance, and engineering. It can be built from various materials such as metal, fabric, wood or paper.
In our Mobiles workshop, artist and teacher Heidi Langeneckert will lead students through the technical, funcional and aesthetic possibilities of
1 Semester (1 hour/week)
Sept 28 – Dec 14: $280
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