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


Window Instruments

Each of the 16 Windows of A Universe houses a unique and kinetic ‘instrument’ that is powered by rainwater!  All of the instruments are designed to function in response to water flowing, dripping, fillingetc., and then prototyped, made and installed into the structure by the Campers.

These are some of the directions we’re going in for prototyping!

Rocking Instrument Prototypes

A swinging arm has a cup mounted on one end and a mallet on the other.  When the cup fills up with water, the weight makes it descend and dump the water, causing the mallet to swing around and hit a cast aluminum shape, creating a tonal signal.  

Waterwheel Instrument Prototypes:

Sketches of Instrument Designs