Christine Broda-Bahm(202) 633-9156 / SI-445-2002
Smithsonian Features Yo-Yo Innovators, Mechanical Sculpture Artist Arthur Ganson and Robots at Toy Invention Festival
What: Toy building activities featuring yo-yo designers and demonstrators, robots, an invention grab-bag activity, and storytelling are part of a free family festival presented by the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.
When: Saturday, Oct. 5 2002, Noon - 4 p.m.
Where: Smithsonian's National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.
* Arthur Ganson, kinetic sculptor, toy inventor, and creator of Toobers and Zots¨
* Professional yo-yoist Tommy Moore and yo-yo inventors and innovators from Duncan, Yomega and What's Next Yo-Yo Toy Co.
* Donald Duncan, yo-yo designer and the last surviving member of the Duncan family who helped popularize yo-yos beginning in the '30s
* Faculty and graduate students from the Toy Design Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Sample activities and photo opportunities:
* Yo-yoists from across the country demonstrate the latest tricks and discuss their history
* Mechanical sculpture artist Arthur Ganson leads workshops on creating toy prototypes
* James McLurkin from MIT's Artificial Intelligence Lab facilitates a computer game interactive incorporating his robotic creations
* Historic toys from the museum's collections will be on view
The Toy Invention Festival is part of the "Invention at Play" exhibition program series. "Invention at Play" explores the connection between play and the innovative mind. The exhibition closes Dec 29, 2002.