Four blocks of 10 Ave SW (between 14 and 18 Streets SW) will be closed to traffic for a massive outdoor gallery of art and engineering, including fire-spitting skee ball, interactive works, performances and experiences, created in partnership with dozens of local and international partners. Beakernight is free and open to everyone! Party goers, stay late! Find your true self at the crossroads of art, science and engineering.
What you’ll experience:
Other than a fire-spitting skee ball from Site 3 Fire Arts, get ready to see and experience:
Festo’s ultra-light flight model BionicOpter will fly at Beakerhead’s science, technology, engineering and arts spectacle.
With the BionicOpter, Festo has applied the highly complex flight characteristics of the dragonfly to an ultra-lightweight flying object at a technical level. As technological leader and a learning company, the German based company will demonstrate how nature provides inspiration to kick-start innovation and create the automation technology of the future at this year’s Beakerhead, which is partnering with the University of Calgary and the Schulich School of Engineering. Presentations of Festo’s Bionic Learning Network and the BionicOpter will take place throughout the week at the University of Calgary, during Beakernight and various school programs as well as at the Calgary Zoo. For a detailed schedule, please visit www.beakerhead.com.
If you haven’t attended a TELUS Spark Adults Only Night yet (and are 18+ years of age), then what have you been doing with your Thursday nights?!
During Beakerhead, TELUS Spark hosted a ‘Hack It’ themed evening, when guests met the Festo automation folks from Germany and saw their mind-boggling biomechanics creatures up close. Tim Blais was also in the house, entertaining everyone with his internet sensation A Capella Science Bohemian Gravity.
In 2014, it was an evening of special guests who together opened a surprising and entertaining window onto the worlds of science and engineering – and invited the Jack Singer Concert Hall audience to leap through it.
In 2014, demonstrations of flying robotic jellyfish and robotic birds delighted audiences at the University of Calgary, Jack Simpson Gymnasium. These Bionic Learning Network creations are from the masterful German automation company, Festo.
You probably do it without even being aware of it – look to nature for creative inspiration. We’re not talking about colour and beauty here, we’re talking about creative problem-solving. In engineering, it’s called biomimicry. Join Beakerhead at the Calgary Zoo to see the world masters at biomicry, the German automation firm, Festo. The Enmax Conservatory will play host to gorgeous robotic flying creatures and their engineer makers. Thank you to the Calgary Chapter of the International Society of Automation for sponsoring this event.
Mark your calendar for this special Beakerhead-themed Adults Night at TELUS Spark, Hack It. Meet the Festo automation folks from Germany and see their mindboggling biomechanical creatures up close. See Tim Blais, in town for Beakerhead and behind the internet sensation A Capella Science Bohemian Gravity, plus much more
This event is included with Admission and Membership. TOP TIP: Skip the queue with advance tickets.
Demonstrations are scheduled for 1:00 – 1:45 pm and 2:15 – 3:00 pm on September 11
A demonstration of flying robotic jellyfish and other Bionic Learning Network creations from the masterful German automation company, Festo. This event is co-sponsored by one of Canada’s top engineering schools – the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. All ages welcome.
An evening with special guests … you certainly know them — or if you don’t, we’ll introduce you. This 75-minute performance will leave you delighted and inspired. It opens a surprising and entertaining window onto the world of science and engineering — and invites you to leap through. You’ll be guided by renowned Canadian science writer and broadcaster, Jay Ingram, and his band, the Free Radicals.
Expect to be on the edge of your seat and drumming on the armrests with Momentum Drummers from New York.
To engage? To captivate? To inspire? Why not offer them all three with Festo’s Airjelly coming to Beakerhead this September.
Kids ask the best questions when presented with something for the first time. And nothing says ‘new’ like a giant airborne sea creature inspired on aviation concepts of a bygone era. The German automation company has created this new Jelly to add to their collection and it’s just as spectacular in its beauty and design. Mimicking the movement of a jellyfish in water, the 1.35 metre diameter ballonet is propelled using peristaltic motion for each of its tentacles; each equipped with rudders and elevators. Filled with 1.3 cubic meters of helium, the creature is controlled with a central electric drive unit, and not unlike the adaptability of jellyfish, this undulating engineered piece of art also has an intelligent adaptive mechanism.