Brooklyn’s third annual Inventgenuity Festival is presented by Beam Camp, a New Hampshire summer camp for the applied arts, technology and collaboration. The weekend Festival will be loaded with a tremendous range of activities led by Beam’s staff of artists, engineers and big thinkers. This year’s festival serves as a launch event for Beam’s new Brooklyn-based Inventgenuity Workshop, an after school program for kids in grades 2-8 enrolling for classes starting in March 2012.

At the Inventgenuity Festival kids (ages 7 – 16) will be encouraged to take the place apart piece by piece. As a celebration of design, building, reuse and art, however, they’ll also put it back together again in imaginative ways. The 2012 Inventgenuity Festival will explore DIS/ASSEMBLY with two days of hands-on workshops and on-going collective projects led by expert makers, unmakers and re-makers of sound, electricity, food and objects of all kinds.

The weekend’s big Project, “The Dis/Assembly Line,” is an evolving  decomposition and aesthetic reprocessing of an entire room of everyday objects. Kids will join kinetic art mechanic Steve Gerberich and sculptor Nathaniel Lieb as they dissect, sort and reconfigure artifacts into 2D and 3D sculpture. Attendees may also sign-up for one  of the rotating slate of 45-minute workshops. Scheduled workshops will explore the Dis/Assembly theme through sound (Natalie Elizabeth Weiss), puppetry (Jonny Clockworks), food (Kathryn Wallem), electronics (Ed Bear), language in 3D (Eun Jun EJ Park), craft (Julie Schneider), video (Allen Riley and Jeff Sisson), and painting (Adam Matta).

Brooklyn Inventgenuity Festival takes place on Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22  from 11am – 5pm. Festival  admission is free, but advance sign-up is required. All workshops will  repeat throughout the day. Most workshops will take place both days of  the festival.

Workshop registration will take place at the Festival. There is a $5 materials charge for some workshops. Families can also view video presentations  about Beam’s summer and after school programs.