Beakernight

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:

  • A rocket ship crane ride.
  • A lit-up dance party car of BassBus and Lo Definition.
  • Direct Energy‘s Innovation to Inspiration Mobile Exhibit
  • Performances by Toronto theremin pop-artist Clara Venice.
  • Conundrum Drums
  • Art cars Hippo Love Mutant Vehicle, Tin Fish and others.
  • Freak art bikes from YYC Lifecycle.
  • Aerial acrobats of a dragon fly?! Yep, Festo’s Bionicopter!
  • Cybermentors and their crew with their bioluminescent jellyfish umbrellas en masse
  • Was that a mammouth rabbit? Or did you find yourself in Alice’s Wonderland? Intrude by Amada Parer pays a visit.
  • Take a break in the Big Rock beer garden. Not a beer drinker? Welcome to Absolut Beakerhead!

How to prepare:

  1. Dress up – let your inner geek be creative and wear shoes for exploring, and maybe even … dancing?
  2. Decorate your stroller, pushbike, tricycle, scooter or bicycle
  3. Come in twos, threes, fours … dozens!
  4. Pick up a finger light on your way in and donate a few bucks to a good cause: did you know Beakerhead is a registered charity? If 1000 are sold, you’ll be part of a beautiful light night.

Media Release: Festo BionicOpter creates buzz at Beakerhead

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.

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TELUS Spark Adults Only Night

Partner feature in the Wonderment of Beakerhead 2014: Photo Recap 

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.

Thanks again to TELUS Spark for organizing this event.

Flying octopus. Photo by Cynthia Radford.
Flying octopus. Photo by Cynthia Radford.

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The Tremendous and Curious World of Beakerhead

The Wonderment of Beakerhead 2014 is encapsulated in Beakerhead’s variety show, called The Tremendous and Curious World of Beakerhead.

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.

Guided by renowned Canadian science writer and broadcaster, Jay Ingram, and his band, the Free Radicals, people were delighted with Momentum Drums from New York, Heather Knight of Marilyn Monrobot, Mark Stevenson, author of An Optimist’s Tour of the Future, Festo‘s flying robotic octopus and birds, sword-swallowing Dan Meyer, A Capella Science’s Tim Blais, Hiroaki Umeda, Big Bang from Electric Avenue, and Tristan McSwiney‘s Periodic Table rendition!

Photo by Neil Zeller Photography
Photo by Neil Zeller Photography
Photo by Neil Zeller Photography
Photo by Neil Zeller Photography
Photo by Curtis Anderson
Photo by Curtis Anderson
Photo by Neil Zeller Photography
Photo by Neil Zeller Photography

Top photo by Denis Semenov

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For the Love of Creativity, Animals and Robotics

You probably do it without even being aware of it — look to nature for creative inspiration. Part of today’s Wonderment of Beakerhead 2014: Photo Recap is the world of biomimicry explored at the Calgary Zoo during Beakerhead.

In 2014, Calgary Zoo welcomed the world masters at biomimicry, the German automation firm, Festo. The Enmax Conservatory played host to gorgeous robotic flying creations and their engineer makers.

Thanks again to the Calgary Chapter of the International Society of Automation (ISA) for sponsoring this event.

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Photo by Gemma Wallace
Photo by Gemma Wallace

Top photo by: Gemma Wallace

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Festo’s Fantastic Bionic Fliers

Flying fast out of the gates in the Wonderment of Beakerhead 2014: Photo Recap is Festo’s Bionic Fliers.

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.

Thanks again to the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering – one of Canada’s top engineering schools – for co-sponsoring this event.

Photo credit: Neil Zeller Photography
Photo credit: Neil Zeller Photography

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For the Love of Creativity, Animals and Robotics

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.

TELUS Spark Adults Only Night “Hack It”

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.

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The Tremendous and Curious World of Beakerhead

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.
  • Meet Heather Knight of Marilyn Monrobot fame.
  • Mark Stevenson, author of An Optimist’s Tour of the Future, will take you on a trip.
  • Now, look up. Is that a robotic jellyfish?
  • Or how about being introduced to Japan’s avant-garde engineered art scene by Hiroaki Umeda?
  • Then applauding youth ingenuity and talent with Calgary’s The Next Star: SuperGroup’s Electric Ave
  • See the science of sword swallowing. (Did you know you need to nudge the heart aside?)

You’ll leave this evening with a whole new view of entertainment at the crossroads of art, science and engineering.

 

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SPECIAL OFFER: LIMITED-TIME ART AND SCIENCE EXPERIENCE

Save 40%! 3 incredible experiences. 4 incredible people (that’s you!).

The pass is $129+GST, and only a limited number are available! Get yours now to enjoy the following experiences: 

  • Admission to the Tremendous and Curious World of Beakerhead for up to 4 individuals: Only $71.50 + GST
  • Admission to TELUS Spark for up to 4 individuals: Only $39 + GST
  • Admission to the Glenbow for up to 2 adults and 2 youth (17 and under): Only $18.50 + GST

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If there was one new opportunity you should offer your children..

… what would it be?

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.

When they ask “Can I play with it?” you can tell them it’s not likely, but perhaps you can build one of your own. Come, and bring the kids, to witness the beauty September 11th from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. or 2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the University of Calgary’s Jack Simpson Gymnasium when imagination meets water and air, with a little of engineering thrown in.