Brighton Science Festival

Ensemble Automata Workshop

Help create the world’s longest automata (we think) by making a performing machine that is linked to others to form a long snaking chain of 50+ colourful, weird and wonderful moving machines.

Part workshop, part performance and part kinetic exhibit, the Mechanical Ensemble Workshop combines creative imagination with the discipline of science and engineering. Participants make individual cam driven automata from push-fit components and a junk box of curious and striking objects. The individual automata are then linked together to create a single machine, an impressive line of spinning cams, colours and shapes turned by a motor. As it grows, it becomes an attention-grabbing centrepiece kinetic artwork over seven meters long.

Fire the Inventor devises and runs mechanical art workshops and linked educational resources for schools, science festivals, science centres and community events. In educational-speak, we like to think we’re helping put the A into STEM subjects (that’s adding ‘Art’ to ‘Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

This event is part of Bright Sparks Sunday 2018.

Suitable for all ages (youngest children will need adult help).