A Small Cinema: Plants & Robots Workshop

    Students from St.Mary's and St.Thomas primary school in St.Helens trigger a robot arm with a plant sensor.
    Students from St.Mary's and St.Thomas primary school in St.Helens trigger a robot arm with a plant sensor.
    Location (with MAP): A Small Cinema
    Date/Time: 24 January 2016. 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Event: Class / Course / Workshop - A Small Cinema: Plants & Robots Workshop
    Add event to your Google Calendar: 0
    ical feed: iCal

    Sunday 24 January 2016, 13.00 – 16.00

    Children are learning to build robots, before watching Sci Fi classic Silent Running at the Liverpool Small Cinema this Sunday.

    FREE EVENT! Just drop-in, to the Small Cinema!

    Plants & Robots is a free, family-friendly, plant-based electronic art workshop for budding musicians, inventors and artists taking place at the Liverpool Small Cinema this Sunday between 1pm & 4pm.

    Children will learn how to make a plant watering robot, using Raspberry Pi computers, and create electronic units that turn plants into musical instruments. The workshop will take place at the Liverpool Small Cinema, 57-59 Victoria Street, Liverpool, L1 6DE

    The event brings together activities from FACT’s Plants & Robots schools program, with artist Laura Pullig’s Plants as Performers residency at METAL.

    Plants & Synths
    Laura Pullig is currently on a residency at Metal, Liverpool exploring plants as interfaces and performers. She has been working with musician Adam Cooper to create analog electronic instruments which can be attached to and played by touching plants. You can come and try out the plant synths they’ve been making and create music by interacting with plants to make interesting sounds. There will also be demos of plant speakers and you can test out a paper prototype of a plant synth kit.

    Plants & Robots
    Children from year 5 in primary schools across St.Helens worked with FACT, and Re-Dock artist Neil Winterburn to create robots that water plants when their soil is dry. Participants aged 5 and above will be shown how to use a Raspberry Pi mini-computer and the Scratch programming language to trigger robot arms to water plants only if their soil is dry.

    Sam Meech – Re-Dock Director and founder of the Liverpool Small Cinema, said: “It’s great that we are starting to see the small cinema used as a space for family workshops, not many cinemas teach kids how to make robots before they go and watch a Sci-Fi film.”

    To find out more about this event go to http://liverpoolsmallcinema.org.uk/event/plants-robots-synths.

    Plants & Robots is a collaboration between FACT, Curious Minds, Neil Winterburn and three primary schools in St.Helens, St Ann’s Primary School in Rainhill, St Mary’s & Thomas Primary and Lansbury Bridge School & Sports College.