JANUARY 25-26 – 11AM-5PM – Brooklyn’s fifth 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 explore, build and play with digital and analog sound and music machines. 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, MECHANICAL MUSIC.

In this year’s Festival Project, the Cam Hammer Analog Synth, (masterminded by Automatonist Eun Jung Park with assistance from electronic artist Mark Kleeb), kids will work with Beam Center staff to construct a series of large-scale cam mechanisms wired for sound based on Leonardo da Vinci’s Cam Hammer. Each turn of the crank will bring the hammers in contact with a plate wired to a dial-controlled analog circuit board. The final huge crank-driven synth organ will blend two anachronisms into something utterly unique and strangely new.  Participation in the project is free. Attendees may also sign-up for one of the rotating slate of 45-minute workshops.

Brooklyn Inventgenuity Festival takes at Beam Center and the adjacent  Invisible Dog Art Center on Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26  from 11am – 5pm. Admission to the festival is free, registration required. Advance online reservations for workshops ($8.25 materials fee) are available. All workshops will repeat throughout the day; most workshops will be available both days of the festival.

ABOUT BEAM CENTER  Beam Center is a Brooklyn-based, not-for-profit helping young people shape their world and future through physical creation and collaboration. Beam Center’s programs include BeamWorks, which prepares teens for a post-high school world of work and continual learning, and Inventgenuity Workshops, an afterschool community of doing and making for kids in grades 2 – 6.