This is a TWO DAY Workshop:
Saturday November 9th 9am - 2pm; snacks provided
Sunday November 10th 9am - 2pm; snacks provided
To clarify, this is a single event that takes place over 2 days, and attendance at both days is required. This workshop is a total of 10 hours.
Sue Brockman, Props Director at Children’s Theatre Company
Dave Horn, Master Electrician at Children’s Theatre Company
Need a cabinet to magically open and close? A mask to pop up and down? Flowers to dance?
Mechanization is the art and craft of making things move, so it is no surprise that it plays a big role in most solutions to these problems and is a major part of most modern scene and prop shops.
Props Director Sue Brockman and Master Electrician Dave Horn, with a massive amount of experience and expertise between them, join forces to teach this fantastic workshop in our series on the core skills and ideas behind Mechanization and Electricity.
In this practical class, you’ll focus on the principles and ideas behind gears and motors. While building a fun project with lego technic blocks that you’ll get to take home, you’ll dig into the mathematics and physics of gears, joints, and shafts.
You’ll start to learn how to think about gears and motors so that you will be able to get a head start on the inevitable troubleshooting and creative brainstorming that all craftspeople find themselves doing.
Get ready to take a fun and informative step further into the world of making things dance, spin, wilt, bounce and move!
In this highly practical workshop you will:
Be introduced to the basics of thinking about and utilizing gears and motors in your projects.
Learn about gear ratios, and the forces at work when working with gears.
Learn some of the basic formulas you need to help work out what types of parts you need, and how to stay safe.
Build and modify a building block project with gears, shafts and more.
Motorize a project.
Build a fun project that brings everything you’re learning about motors and gears together - then bring it home.
You will not work with any power source over 36 Volts. Working with low-voltage is different from working with 110V or 220V power.
For those who have taken our Mechanization and Electricity workshops in the past - please note that this is a new workshop, but does not require that you have taken any previous in the series to benefit from this one.
Please dress safely and appropriately for this kind of work: wear closed-toed, comfortable shoes and avoid long, loose clothing that could get snagged or burnt while you work with hand tools. Please tie up long hair. Safety gear (safety glasses, hearing protection) will be provided, but if you have ANSI-rated equipment of your own that you prefer, feel free to bring it.
Normally approximately a $375 cost, but thanks to generous support from our donors and you, the public, we are able to offer this at over a $200 reduction or 66% savings. Thanks also to the Children’s Theatre Company for their generous support.
We are committed to keeping our events affordable to everyone! If you need a scholarship, please contact us at email@example.com.
In general, our scholarships offer 50% off in exchange for coming an hour early and staying an hour late to help set up and clean up.
That said, it is important to us that people are able to afford our workshops. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any concerns or questions.