Drop-in combines flexible workshop activites with participatory experiments and demonstrations. They are suitable for festivals, events, public spaces, promotion, family days, parties or any event where people come and go and may want to get have a go at some activities.
This is an example of the kind of activities you might find at one of our popular Scavengers drop-in workshops.
Mobile science-busking or walkabout act
The Buggy is a Steampunk spectacle with costumed performers who will conduct the Nose Test and other short participatory noise experiments with passers-by. These can be very quick or stretched out into a mini-show if a crowd forms.
Suitable for: events and public spaces
Ideal for entertaining people and engaging people in accessible science-themed activities. The Buggy can move around an event finding good spots to engage people. The Noise technicians are trained and experienced at engaging with people as well as performing.
Find out more about the Audio Assault Buggy here.
What’s inside the boxes? Just some scavenged components from broken computers that someone threw away. With a rechargeable battery and a little bit of knowledge we can build some amazing little noise machines: have a go at Making the Robot Chicken, Victorian Oscillator and the Entropic Agitator. This is a drop-in version of the Scavengers Tinkering workshop for schools which you can find out about here.
Bass Buzz & Oobleck
Excitingly Dangerous Demonstrations that you can take part in. Oobleck is the dancing alien conrflour goop thing.
Dare you try the infamous Bass Buzz? Feel 1000 watts of bass power through your fingertips, see clouds of flour shoot into the air, duck from eruptions of lentils (or sometimes mung beans), marvel at water-based Cymatics, re-create a laser-blaster shoot out with an amplified slinky, shriek in utter horror at the bizarre life-forms animated with corn flour and powerful bass vibrations, as the Goop Test brings forth wee beasties that dance and metamorphose at the sound of the BASS….
These activities are a cross-over between a drop-in and a show. If you are looking for a short activity that people can try out in a few minutes and then stay to watch the demonstrations if they want to, then the Bass Buzz is perfect for your event.
Dismantling electronic waste is fun! Screwdrivers in hand we will demolish old computers and scavenge any useful bits from their innards for up-cycling into Noisy instruments. We learn what goes on inside these magic boxes, how to use tools and how we can re-use what we find for our own evil inventions.