Planning to participate in the Oxford Kinetics Festival April 6? Free how-to workshops, Saturdays in March

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Participants work on their Scramble vehicle in last year's How-to Workshops.

Are you planning to participate in the Oxford Kinetics Festival's Scramble April 6 with your own people-powered creation? Come to the free how-to workshops, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each Saturday in March, in the sculpture studio located in the ground floor of Hiestand Hall. RSVP for a workshop on the Oxford Kinetics Festival website.  

MAKETANK Inc. will host workshops on the Saturdays leading up to the festival - March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Workshops are free and open to the public.

Workshop particpants will receive design consultation, welding instruction and materials (including bicycles) to use as they build their own original creations that will be used as race vehicles for the Oxford Kinetics Festival Scramble.  

What To Bring: 

Ideas, sketches, bikes/wagons/carts that you may want to alter, and safety glasses if you have them.

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A Scramble participant, during last year's Oxford Kinetics Festival.

What is the Scramble? 

The Scramble  - a highlight of the Oxford Kinetics Festival April 6 - is "part parade, part race, part obstacle course and all fun."

Participants of all ages may enter the Scramble - entries "range from pedal-powered hovercrafts to your brother’s razor scooter decorated with water wings, from monster bicycles to giant puppets on stilts," say the organizers. Participants self-power their mobile creations along a course outside of Millett Hall. All entries must be human-powered only.

MAKETANK Inc.

MAKETANK INc. is a collaboration of artists and designers in southwest Ohio. Since 2011 the central focus of MAKETANK Inc. has been the Oxford Kinetics Festival (OKF) and the making/building workshops leading up to it.

oki-logoIn 2013 Maketank expanded its scope of programming to include year-round events and collaborations, most focusing on educational initiatives in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).

Questions? Email oxfordkineticsfestival@gmail.com or contact Rod Northcutt, assistant professor of art.

Northcutt is co-organizer of the Oxford Kinetics Festival with local artist Kate Currie (Miami '93).

Those interested in the festival are invited to the First Kinetic Picture Show 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the Oxford Community Arts Center. The potluck event (bring beverages and snacks to share) will screen a selection of movies from the Filmed by Bike Festival.