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January 18, 2021
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Invent/Create at Invisible Dog

By Lisa M. Collins

Sat, Jan, 22 to Sun., Jan. 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The Brooklyn Inventgenuity Festival brings kids aged 7 to 16 and their parents together with artists, engineers and big thinkers for two days of workshops and on-going collective projects in design, building, technology, mechanics and art.

Now in its second year, The Inventgenuity Festival is presented by Beam Camp, a New Hampshire summer camp for the applied arts, technology and collaboration. The weekend will be jam-packed with a tremendous range of activities led by the imaginative and resourceful folks whose work with Beam campers prompted to call the camp “a haven for makers.”

At Inventgenuity, participants will make amazing things happen with electricity, gravity, wood, food and other materials and join in creating a signature Beam Camp Project. Read The New York Times review

For the weekend’s ongoing project, kids will explore the artful science of perpetual motion with Kinetic Artist Joseph Herscher as they construct one of Herscher’s gravity-defying Rube Goldberg Machines. Attendees may also sign-up for one of the rotating slate of 45-minute workshops.  Among the scheduled presenters and workshops: the Lockpicking Village by The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers (TOOOL);  Light Painting by Will McFarlane and Katie Gradowski of parts and crafts; Game Controller Switches by Susan Ngo, Mike Cohen and Zevensuy Rodriguez; the Snerko handwritten t-shirt making technique by Dan Rollman; Rhythm Maker Automatons by Eun Jung (EJ) Park, and an experiment in extreme drawing called ‘The Complicater’ led by Tom Bubul.

The weekend also marks the New York Premiere of the summer 2010’s Beam Project, A Trip To The Sun, a solar-powered film about a journey to the sun that was recently selected for entry in the Seattle Children’s Film Festival.

Admission is free but space is limited. Required advance registration can be done at There will be a $5 materials fee for some workshops.

Says Beam Co-Director Danny Kahn: “The relationship between the brilliant makers and the totally engaged and tuned-in kids is incredible. What they learn from working with each other is so important and the core of everything we do at Beam.”

The Invisible Dog Art Center

Register at: All workshops will repeat throughout the day.

Most workshops will take place both days of the festival.

No charge for the ongoing Rube Goldberg Project and some workshops. Families can also view video presentations about Beam’s summer programs and learn more about summer registration.

Invisible Dog

51 Bergen (between Smith and Court)

(347) 560-3641

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