Make and break, learn, play and do at Open De­sign Cape Town Fes­ti­val

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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE - JBJ RE­PORTER

HAVE you ever thought of build­ing a rocket ship out of card­board? Or imag­ined what a su­per hero made from a sneaker skate would look like? Have you tried to print your­self in 3D or taken apart a toaster to see how it was de­signed? Or per­haps you en­joy doo­dling and would en­joy be­ing part of a doo­dle ses­sion.

Th­ese are some of the many events for kids at this year’s Open De­sign Cape Town Fes­ti­val, which will run all day, ev­ery day, from Au­gust 11 to 16 at the City Hall in Cape Town.

This will be the fourth Open De­sign Cape Town Fes­ti­val for young peo­ple of all ages, so there’s even some­thing for your older brother or sis­ter to en­joy and par­ents and teach­ers are wel­come too.

There will be more than 140 events and most are free.

Here are some of the ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer.

● Bright­minds Card­board Play:

IT’S time to make, break, build and draw on Satur­day, Au­gust 13, between 10am-4pm.

You will be given the space and the tools, ma­te­ri­als and free­dom to build what­ever you like.

Stay as long as you want and use as many ma­te­ri­als as you want. The only limit is your imag­i­na­tion.

This work­shop is free and open to ev­ery­body.

● Bright­minds Disas­sem­bly Work­shops:

This bril­liant work­shop on Satur­day Au­gust 13, between 10am-5pm by Maker Sta­tion lets kids break apart ap­pli­ances, such as toast­ers and irons and see how th­ese were de­signed and built.

Then they learn how to fix or re­cy­cle them and build their own gad­gets. Par­tic­i­pants will go home with their own tool­kit ● Hero Expo: If you like comic he­roes, pop into the Hero Expo and see them fea­tured on cus­tomised sneaker skates. ● Scan your­self in 3D: Did you know that it’s pos­si­ble to scan peo­ple in 3D? Fam­i­lies can get to ex­pe­ri­ence this at lunchtime on Thurs­day, Au­gust 11 (from 1-2pm) and on Satur­day Au­gust 13 (10am-4pm). ● Game Storm: Game Storm is a fun game with few, or no rules. In fact Gamestorm doesn’t ex­ist un­til peo­ple sit down to play. It’s part mak­ing, part per­for­mance and part dis­cus­sion, with a healthy dose of the ab­surd.

If you would like to play, bring some de­signer ob­jects small enough to fit in­side a closed fist, a pen­cil and eraser on Sun­day Au­gust 14 at 10am.

There is an ad­mis­sion price of R80 which drops to R60 each for an adult and child.

PS: There are a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties and talks for high school pupils, par­ents and teach­ers, in­clud­ing one bring­ing to­gether num­bers and de­sign.

● For more in­for­ma­tion and a full fes­ti­val pro­gramme see www.open­de­signct.com.

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