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Kinetics Festival


We celebrated all things kinetic at Millett Hall in Oxford, OH
from Noon - 5:00 PM on Sunday April 6th, 2014 and it was awesome!

Now it's time to start gearing up for 2015!  Two days!  Two Scrambles! Tons of Workshops!  April 18th and 19th, 2015

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Kinetics Festival


We celebrated all things kinetic at Millett Hall in Oxford, OH
from Noon - 5:00 PM on Sunday April 6th, 2014 and it was awesome!

Now it's time to start gearing up for 2015!  Two days!  Two Scrambles! Tons of Workshops!  April 18th and 19th, 2015

IT WAS AMAZING!

Thanks to everyone who came out and helped make April 6, 2014 the most INCREDIBLE Oxford Kinetics Festival yet! We had over 2200 participants this year.  We'll post pictures and videos as soon as possible.  

We are growing by leaps and bounds each year.  In 2014 we were happy to welcome back so many of the fabulous groups and activities that make the Kinetics Festival the greatest day of the year.  Happen Inc., Know No Stranger, The Scramble, rockets, robots, food trucks, Meltface, Mindful Youth, Project High Flight, and the giant teeter-totter were all on hand again.  There was also an original kinetic shadow puppet theater, blacksmithing, metal pours, bike polo, our own twist on the modern biathalon, stilt-required activities, astronauts, robots, apollo landers, and land cruisers.

The 2014 Oxford Kinetics Festival was made possible by a project grant from Artswave, a project grant from the Ohio Arts Council funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, an award from the Efroymson Family Foundation, a grant from the Oxford Community Foundation, a grant from Butler County Rural Electric's Community Connections, funds from Talawanda - Miami Partnership, the Miami Family Fund, and generous support from the Miami University College of Creative Art and Department of Art.


You can donate to keep our gears moving for the 2015 OKF!


The Scramble

The Scramble is part parade, part race, part obstacle course and all fun. Participants will self-power their mobile creations along a course which circles and criss-crosses itself. Objectives and rules of the event will be kept super secret, revealed immediately preceding the start of the event. Suffice it to say you will need your body and your mind in tip top condition if you want to survive! You will also need to be able to pilot your contraption effectively enough to avoid other moving contraptions.

Who participates? You do! And anyone else under the age of 113. Entries range from pedal powered hovercrafts to your brother’s razor scooter decorated with water wings, from monster bicycles to giant puppets on stilts. Think welding, papier mache, face paint, foam rubber, cake and biscuits, rubber bands, and flubber. Go for it! 

Award Ceremony

Following the Scramble, awards will be given for the greatness in the many forms it takes. Categories will be announced at the time of the awards ceremony. They might include best engineering, clunkiest, loudest, slowest, fastest or they not include any of those at all! Be superlative! 

Please sign the waiver [here] to enter you or your team in the Scramble event

Activities for kids, 12 - 5 pm

Kids! Come check out all the awesome stuff going on and build a kinetic contraption of your own design.
Bring your bike and some ideas and we’ll help you whip up your entry for the Scramble. We’ll have some miscellaneous materials, but bring anything you have to work with!

ToyLab will be on the scene with bins full of pieces of toys, and toy scientists ready to help you assemble new creations.

Try your hand at modifying and launching an air powered rocket made from re-purposed soda bottles.  See if you can get your rocket to go higher than your friends’.

Come build k'nex: Try to wrap your brain around what Rube Goldberg is all about and use our stuff to build and explore nonsense contraptions for the day.

Explore some videos/photos from 2013's event:

a celebration of people powered propulsion

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Support


Thanks to all the individuals and groups whose support
makes the Oxford Kinetics Festival possible

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Support


Thanks to all the individuals and groups whose support
makes the Oxford Kinetics Festival possible

Thank you!

We are delighted to be partners in this effort with the Oxford Community Arts Center, www.oxarts.org. They work tirelessly to promote the arts and offer a permanent home for the arts in the Oxford community.

The 2012  festival was possible thanks to a grant from ArtsWave, a fantastic Cincinnati organization supporting arts in the region’s communities.

Artswave has again given a generous project grant to support the 2014 Oxford Kinetics Festival.  We are proud to have their support for our projects and so grateful to the many donors who give to Artswave each year.

Thanks to Miami University, Ohio, the School of Fine Arts and The Art Department for providing our great site, Millett Hall, allowing us indoor and outdoor space ample for all possible weather conditions.

Thanks to the Oxford Community Foundation for their generous grant in support of the 2011, 2013, and 2014 festivals as they continue to strive to improve the quality of life in the Oxford community. www.oxfordfdn.org 

A quick shout-out and a big thank you to the Miami-Talawanda Partnership. Your support for the 2014 festival has been awesome! http://www.units.muohio.edu/partnershipoffice/partnerships/talawanda-miami 

We are forever in the debt of the awesome folks at Wire and Twine for creating the graphics for the festival. We asked for ideas for a poster and got so much more, including our amazing t-shirts. Thanks for making us look so good, Tom. www.wireandtwine.com

We are excited to welcome Happen Inc. once again to the 2014 festival by bringing numerous fun, educational and creativity inspiring activities to Oxford for the day.  Happen brings so many of the wonderful activities we have for kids each year. You can learn more about their many exciting projects and see examples from past Toy Lab participants at www.happeninc.org and www.happeninc.org/toylab .

Thank you to Duke Energy Retail for their financial support of the 2011 festival. We appreciate their continued interest in our community. www.retail.duke-energy.com

A clumsily worded note of appreciation to Sean Krause for his copy writing gymnastics on our behalf. Fighting Words, Inc

Thank you to K’NEX for their donation to the 2011 festival. They generously supplied us with a large number of their Robo-Battlers and Moto-Bot sets, motorized sets that kids will be able to build and race at the festival.www.knex.com

Thanks to the Butler County Rural Electric Cooperative Community Connections program for a grant in support of the making workshops that take place every Saturday in March leading up to the festival.  These workshops allow members of the community to get building and design help from artists, mechanics, and manufacturers.  Thanks for being there for the community BCRE!

We received a generous award from the Efroymson Family Fund for promotion of the 2014 festival.  Thank you for supporting cultural tourism in the midwest and the arts in Indiana and beyond!

Our deep thanks also go out to the city of Oxford for allowing us to use the Uptown parks in 2011 and for closing the street around the parks to enhance the safety and freedom of movement of the participants throughout the event, as well as closing a portion of High St. for the scramble. www.cityofoxford.org

In 2014 we received a project grant from the Ohio Arts Council.  This grant was made possible with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.  We are so thankful that such organizations exist to promote the arts in our communities and grateful for their support of the Oxford Kinetics Festival.