Workshop participants play with automata exhibits at Phoenix Studio’s Mechanical Art Workshop last summer 2021, run by Steve Guy/Fire the Inventor.

Visit Phoenix Studio’s website to see their eloquent impression of the workshops and more photos. Plus the dates and booking details for their workshops running this July 2022. 

Workshops at Clayhill Arts, West Dean College and the Sligo Engineering are also running. Click What’s Coming Up to see the full picture.

Fire the Inventor runs practical automata or mechanical toy workshops for schools, colleges, science centres, museums and special events.

  • The workshops combine art, science and technology
  • Workshop are accompanied with a collection of moving toys and automata for inspiration, context and study
  • Participants learn about the science of basic mechanisms and linkages while letting their artistic imaginations run free
  • A crib sheet is available for those needing  to quickly get up to speed with the basics of cogs, cams and linkages.

Fire the Inventor designs mechanical interactives for exhibitions and learning, is an exhibition consultant and supplies educational kits.

In the language of educators, Fire the Inventor is about adding a missing ‘A’ to STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Mathematics – STEAM).

Fire the Inventor encourages a hands-on making, crafting, inventing, tinkering and repairing culture, and giving ourselves the time and opportunity to play around with a bunch of materials and (re)discover playful creativity.

Instruction Video for the Cam Box Kit





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