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Build a kinetic contraption at the Oxford Kinetics Festival


Rod Northcutt and Jacob Tonski ride in last year’s Kinetics Festival Scramble.
The third annual Oxford Kinetics Festival will be held noon-3 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at Millett Hall. The festival is a "celebration of creativity in motion," featuring kinetic sculptures, robotics and monster bicycles.

The Scramble — part parade, race and obstacle course — will begin at 1 p.m. April 1.

Participants can build their own kinetic "contraption" at an open workshop 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in the sculpture studio in Hiestand Hall.

The Kinetics Festival is free and open to the public. For more information and an entry form for The Scramble, go to

Co-organized by Rod Northcutt and Jacob Tonski, assistant professors of art and interactive media studies, the event will feature activities for all ages throughout the afternoon including interactive and kinetic artwork on display, robots and “mad scientist” creations of all shapes and sizes.

Sponsors of the Kinetics Festival include the department of art, the Miami Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies, Oxford Community Foundation, Oxford Community Arts Center, Wire and Twine, Happen Inc., Duke Energy, K’NEX and ArtsWave.


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