Awesome Indies: LCRC Kinetic Painting with Robots Workshop

May 18th, 2011

After making tiny vibrating robots from the head of a toothbrush, dipping it in paint and watching them spin on paper, I asked the kids if they were the artists or if the bots were. Mostly the answer was “It tickles!” In this final workshop for 6 to 8 year olds at the LCRC‘s after school [...]

Awesome Indies: LCRC Homemade Papercraft Batteries Workshop

May 11th, 2011

In front of a room of 25 astonished faces I dipped my finger into the brine and dabbed the last of the water onto the flower, the LED popping on and cries of “But but…where’s the battery?” echoing amid “Wait…what?” This workshop focused on understanding how a battery works by taking the traditional model of [...]

Awesome Indies: LCRC LED Foldie and Pac-Man Tag Game Workshops

April 28th, 2011

Amid screams and shouts the stamping feet of 25 kids jumping from line to line to avoid the ghosts chasing them, their hands cupped tightly around tiny cubes of light illuminated by LEDs, echos up to the rafters in the darkened gym. Gosh those kids were loud. This game was the culmination of a two [...]

Awesome Indies: LCRC Squishy Circuit Workshop

April 14th, 2011

We’ve underestimated the potential use of energy emanating from 25 excited kids eating sugared playdoh. I reached this conclusion shortly after starting to talk about squishy circuits with a group of 6-8 year olds at an LCRC after school program. This project is part of Artengine’s community arts initiatives and is funded by the Community Foundation of Ottawa. I was [...]