Have you ever imagined what would happen if you could be more than human? Have you ever looked at the super powers of non-human species and wondered how we could attain the same? Could humans harness the powerful legs of a cricket to propel themselves with ballistic limb acceleration, camouflage themselves in an instant like the brilliant cuttlefish or have expressive wings that expand like a rifle bird to attract others in their ritualistic fashion? In Cyborg Enhancements, you will investigate the superpowers of the natural world and reappropriate these for human advancement. We will work with experts to uncover fascinating futuristic thinking and utilize the creative process to integrate these features into body extensions and hi-tech devices. We will uncover the newest advances in technology which are allowing humans to create smarter prosthesis and apply them to augment our bodies to work in the incredible ways that animals, insects and marine life can.
Throughout this studio, students will explore the power of digital design (computer aided drafting, 3D modeling) and rapid prototyping tools (laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC milling) micro electronics (Arduino), and body attachment techniques to create adaptive devices that push the limits of what it means to be a human.
Physics (Electricity, Magnetism)
Robotics (Arduino, Sensors, Actuators)
Digital Fabrication (Laser-cutting, 3d Printing)
- Enrolling students must be between the ages of 11 to 13 (or grades 6-8)