Contraption Building Workshop

Mon, May. 05 2014 - 09:30

Teach me to make will conduct a collaborative tinkering workshop in which you will build electromechanical contraptions which will be exhibited during the conference.

Tinkering is the art of learning by chance discovery while building or experimenting, delighting as much in the journey and the diversions along the way as in the goal itself.

Our approach is to teach tinkering as a way to develop creativity, ingenuity, resourcefulness, and innovation. Skills and techniques developed while tinkering can be applied to many aspects of work and life.

Our workshop reinforces play, collaboration and improvisation.

Working with limited resources and salvaged components teaches us to do more with less, enabling us to better adapt to a constrained economy, and to do so while having a less negative impact on our environment.

Salvaging by disassembling teaches us how things work, provides further supplies, and shows us concrete examples that can be adapted to our goals. Salvaging reuses valuable resources, and disassembling leads to more efficient recycling.

You will have access to discarded objects, soldering irons, hot glue guns, hand and power tools, random materials such as motors, batteries, LEDs, wire, wheels, magnets, mirrors, mouse traps, rubber bands, and switches. You are encouraged to bring any items to add to the creative pool of materials.

*Important*: In order to enjoy full creativity this is a 4-hour workshop and will take place from 9:30 to 1:30pm.

This workshop is brought to you by International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) - the standard in electricity.