Sunday April 7th, 2013, 12-4pm.
This year’s festival was fantastic! Thanks so much to everyone who came out to be part of such a wonderful day. We were delighted to see the projects kids made with Happen and Mindful Youth. Know No Stranger and their amazing puppet suits were a huge crowd favorite. Chris Dance of Meltface provided the perfect musical accompaniment for the Scramble and Smokestack Lightning rocked it out for the rest of the day. We had a great time! Thanks to the Oxford Community Foundation, Miami University Parents Fund, Miami’s School of Creative Arts, the Oxford Community Arts Center, the Oxford Visitors Bureau, and the City of Oxford for all of your support.
Check back soon for a photo gallery from the day.
Here are some videos and news reports from the Fourth Annual Oxford Kinetics Festival.
Cincinnati Channel 5′s story from the day.
Chris Glass’ Video from the Fourth Annual Oxford Kinetics Festival
Where? In front of Millett Hall on Miami University’s campus.
The Scramble 1-1:45pm
The Scramble is part parade, part race, part obstacle course and all fun. Participants will self-power their mobile creations along a course which circles and criss-crosses itself. Objectives and rules of the event will be kept super secret, revealed immediately preceding the start of the event. Suffice it to say you will need your body and your mind in tip top condition if you want to survive! You will also need to be able to pilot your contraption effectively enough to avoid other moving contraptions.
Who participates? Anyone under the age of 113. Entries range from pedal powered hovercrafts to your brother’s razor scooter decorated with water wings, from monster bicycles to giant puppets on stilts. Think welding, papier mache, face paint, foam rubber, cake and biscuits, rubber bands, and flubber. Go for it! See past festival images and the inspiration page for some ideas…
For help creating more ambitious contraptions, check out our free workshops.
For Kids 12-4pm
Kids! Come check out all the awesome stuff going on and build a kinetic contraption of your own design.
Bring your bike and some ideas and we’ll help you whip up your entry for the Scramble. We’ll have some miscellaneous materials, but bring anything you have to work with!
ToyLab will be on the scene with bins full of pieces of toys, and toy scientists ready to help you assemble new creations.
Try your hand at modifying and launching an air powered rocket made from re-purposed soda bottles. See if you can get your rocket to go higher than your friends’.
Come build k’nex: Try to wrap your brain around what Rube Goldberg is all about and use our stuff to build and explore nonsense contraptions for the day.
The Exhibition 12-4pm
Regional and invited artists, students and makers show off their mad skills. Sculptures, Robots, Devices and more…
Awards Ceremony Following the Scramble awards will be given for greatness in the many forms it takes. Categories will be announced at the time of the awards ceremony. They might include best engineering, clunkiest, loudest, slowest, fastest, or they might not include any of those at all! Be superlative!