Kids will discover how and why each of the six basic simple machines was invented (inclined plane, wedge, lever, wheel and axle, screw, pulley) as they apply this knowledge towards a series of fun challenges. Through trial and error experiments, kids will work together in small teams to build simple and compound machines and have a chance to practice collaborative problem solving and creative solutions. The workshop will also include learning about artists that are also scientists -from Renaissance artists such as Leonardo da Vinci to contemporaries Fischli and Weiss – who will inspire the group to create their own original inventions. Koko NYC’s goal is to spark scientific inspiration through a FUN, exploratory, hands on creative learning process.


Imagine a sports team of scientists, artists and innovators. In this ten-week after school workshop, we will work together as a team to design and build a large-scale interactive sculpture that works like a compound machine with cranks, gears and levers.  We will combine a foundation of learning about six simple machines (inclined plane, wedge, lever, wheel and axle, screw, pulley) with inspiration from our local environment here in Brooklyn. Found objects will be taken apart and repurposed as our building materials. Kids will learn engineering skills as they create and innovate together in a fun and collaborative environment. The final creation will be a semi-permanent 3-D installation at our new space that kids can enjoy and take pride in for months to come.