It's Alive! Kinetic Creature Lab

It’s Alive! Kinetic Creature Lab

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It’s Alive! Kinetic Creature Lab

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Who says sculpture can’t dance or draw? In the technology residency, It’s Alive! Kinetic Creature Lab, your young makers invent kinetic electromechanical creatures with distinct personalities!  Students draw “coded” character sketches, decode the work of their peers, and develop their designs into 3-D creatures by “sketching with stuff.”  Finally, they bring them to life with motors, LED lights, and electrical circuits. Elementary students explore color, line, shape, form and kinetic elements, and assign personal meaning to their design choices. Participants in grades 6 and above create coded creatures with increasingly more complex circuits and unique kinetic elements that allow them to draw.  All creatures go home after a culminating creature dance party!

Residencies range in price, from $2,000 and up, but we can use your available budget and ‘work backward’ to create a cost-effective residency for your school. We may be able to assist you in securing grant and funding opportunities.

Residencies are tailored to your needs but usually include:
• A kick-off assembly (performing arts only)
• A required orientation meeting and planning session
• A set of workshops for classes of up to 25 students each
• A student culminating or sharing event
• An evaluation meeting


“I was looking for ways to make learning tangible in my classroom.
I wanted a transdisciplinary project that would engage my
students and plug into my existing curriculum without replacing
it. FutureMakers met all of these expectations and more.”

Andria, Teacher, Harford County Public Schools

“Great hands-on STEAM project. It got everyone involved!”

Emma K. Doub Elementary