::::::: THE TREE OF TECHNOLOGY :::::::
The opportunity of CONSTRUCTION for The Tree of Technology was only possible through the DECONSTRUCTION of many other technological devices. As a product of The Deconstruction International Competition, the pure essence of this tree is seen through the process of its creation.
Thousands of students from all over the Tampa Bay area attended the University of South Florida Engineering EXPO on 02.22.13. Each student had the opportunity to deconstruct Machines, Computers, VCRs and other electronic devices at the “Learning Is For Everyone” Booth. Students learned the difference between destroying and deconstruction as they were instructed to put care into the process of deconstructing these machines. They were told to break down the items into individual parts expressing their individual purpose for the machine they came from.
These pieces were reDesigned into a Tree of Technology where the machine parts were used as fruit of the tree satisfying a hunger for knowledge in the world of electronics. A structural “tree-like” form was cut out of MDF board with a CNC router and assembled together as a Kit of Parts. Phone cords and charger wires were used as branches to hold each piece of “technology fruit”. These parts were attached to magnets allowing them to connect to each other, the tree itself, and the environment which surrounds it. The pieces hanging from the tree connect to a power source at the base allowing it to function once again as it did in previous home.
Setting up a booth in Downtown Tampa’s Sunday Market, The Urban Conga gave the community a chance to try out the tree for themselves. One Local said “This is such a great idea. My children have never been so excited to learn and explore something on their own. I think this gives a whole new meaning to the phrase Free Choice Learning.”
::::::: THE TEAM :::::::
The Crowd-sourced Creatives, is a collaborative effort between the nonprofit creative education group, Learning is for Everyone (LI4E) , and The Urban Conga, a collective group of creators activating urban spaces through interactive installations. Learning is for Everyone creates engaging experiential learning opportunities in the sciences and arts for people of all ages, with the goal of inspiring a culture changing, lifelong love of learning that will help people live intentionally, meaningfully, productively and successfully in the 21st century. Projects include community STEM Education programs, Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire, TEDxYouth@TampaBay and LI4E Makerspace Project. An LI4E Makerspace Project team competed as a finalist in last summer’s Red Bull Creation.
The Urban Conga is working to start The Conga Line, collaborating with artists and designers alike who are looking to implement eclectic and innovative ideas all over the world. The Urban Conga seeks to inject care into local communities by accentuating and enhancing the beauty of the current urban conditions, and turning unused and overlooked urban spaces into interactive places to live, learn, and love your city!
Together, we are bringing a passion for crowd-sourced creativity to the Deconstruction with a cool Tree of Technology!
Such a great oppourtunity, Thank you so much. GO #Decon2013!!
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