Scrapyard Challenge!

Directed by Jonah Brucker-Cohen and Katherine Moriwaki
6 hours, $125 ($75 plus $50 Materials Fee).
Sunday 8-Nov, 9am-5pm [SAM6] (with 2-hour lunch break).

Workshop location: STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CFA-111.
All levels — no special skills are required.

The Scrapyard Challenge Workshops are intensive workshops in which participants build simple electronic projects (both digital and analog) out of found or discarded “junk” (old electronics, clothing, furniture, outdated computer equipment, appliances, turntables, monitors, gadgets, etcetera).

Scrapyard Challenges have been held 36 times in 14 countries, on 5 continents, with a variety of different themes, including the MIDI Scrapyard Challenge where participants build simple musical controllers from discarded objects and e-waste, DIY Wearable Challenge where they create wearable technology projects from used clothing, and the DIY Urban Challenge where they work on public space interventions and other projects. The MIDI Scrapyard version includes a mini workshop where participants build simple drawing robots or “DrawBots” with small, inexpensive motors, batteries, and drawing markers that can also be connected to Serial or MIDI interface. At the end of the day or evening, the workshop participants have a small performance, concert, or fashion show (depending on the workshop theme) where they demonstrate and present their creations together as a group.

Your Skill Level:
This workshop is for anybody! No electronics skills are necessary to participate, and no computers are needed! All skill levels are supported, and an open mind and a curiosity for taking things apart are all that you need.

What You Should Bring:
Junk! Things with moving parts, old turntables, printers, fax machines, etc are usually the best, but we’ll take old furniture, toys, random parts, old phones, electronic waste, etc…

More Information about Scrapyard Challenge Workshops:
Scrapyard Challenge Official Web Site:
Global Map of Previous Challenges:

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