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Eclectic Chaos and SMArT

I am a new LMR member as of 10/18/2011 ... which will explain a lot of what happens next ...

Cut to the chase and go to our Facebook page using this link: http://eclecticchaos.org

The next most important items are:

- Tim Laursen from Maker Faire NYC fame will be at Eclectic Chaos IIA with his fantastic robots on Saturday, Nov 12th from 10 AM+/- until they run out of energy and have to go home to Brooklyn. If you saw him at Maker Faire you know this is not to be missed if you  can get there.

- Douglas Irving Repetto's gangly "Foals" will be walking about ... with any luck.

- We will have Jonah Brucker-Cohen's Drawbots for the kids.

- If you want to show-and-tell something in the genre of an artbot or a dorkbot ... send me an email and we will see if we can fit you in. There's an application on the SMArT & Eclectic Chaos blog/website.

We--associates and colleagues--have been participating in a Summer Science Program for minority children (under 13) for the past few years. This summer will be our fifth year of active participation at the day care/after school program where we are holding the art show.

We have also become involved with dorkbots-nyc since we went to the 2004 Artbots in Harlem.

Last year in November we did a trial run of a 50/50 art show and auction called "Eclectic Chaos: Kinetic, Recycled, and ..." It presented a mixture of "normal" art and robotic art. We felt it was successful enough to migrate it to our science program, and use it to draw interest to a new program we are currently developing for use next summer. We call it "SMArT" (science, math, art, and technology).  SMArT is an educational outreach program for underrepresented populations in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) that uses art as a portal to the STEM fields. We call it the da Vinci connection. And there is this famous quote from Einstein: "

"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."-Albert Einstein

Another interesting endeavor is defining an "artbot". This is from the ArtBots.org website:

"We started ArtBots because we wanted to have fun and to celebrate some of the creative, non-violent, and not-so-competitive aspects of robotics. People all over the world are making work that combines art and robotics and they're asking interesting, important questions about art, technology, creativity, responsibility, authorship, consciousness, and so on. ArtBots is our way of focusing attention on that work." -http://artbots.org/FAQs.shtml