Beam Camp 2021

A Universe

This is our Beam Camp Project Development Process!  It contains the Sketching of our Ideas, Prototyping of Materials and Research of Techniques.  It also contains Activities for you to do at home prior to Camp!

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Research / Prototyping

Gourd Symbolism
Wattle and Daub
Other Building Techniques
Window Instruments
Casting Instrument Parts

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Soil Shake Test
Relief / Prompt!

Update - Due to COVID-19, A Universe was rescheduled for Summer 2021.  For Covid-related cautionary information pertaining to Beam Camp, please see the Beam Center site for updates on Guidelines for Camps provided by the American Camp Association and the CDC.

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Info on the Designer -
Ye Qin Zhu


Gourd Symbolism and Usage

The gourd is a potent symbol (of longevity, prosperity, fertility, protection, healing, etc.) in many cultures around the world because gourds contain lots of seeds, propagate easily, and have many uses.

The shell of a hollowed out gourd has been used to make bottles for carrying and storing medicine, liquids, grains, and its resonance is ideal for making instruments. Gourds have been used as charms and are decorated with paintings and/or carvings.