Scavenger Labs is a Social Enterprise based in Hebden Bridge and Todmorden. We run creative project and workshops happen in the areas of art, music and digital making. Our key themes are looking after the environment and understanding how to make positive changes through being creative. Below are some of the ways we work and specific things we do.
Making Change and Social Action Projects
We can draw on years of making community project-based learning,
Making as an educational movement is now well established with it’s own magasines, maker Fairs and web communities. There is also lots of research to support how it helps people to learn. UNMaking on the other hand is our take on the old fashioned art of taking things apart to help see what makes them tick and to see what parts we can re use in our Junk Making workshops. Our special sauce here it adding in understanding of the overall life-cycle of technology (from extractive mining of metal components to issues surrounding the e-waste disposal in other countries).
Junk Making Workshops
Our junk making workshops work to re use the components of Unmaking for creative purposes. This work was first developed by Steve Summers from Noisy Toys who created science kits to explore circuits and electromagnetism with materials recycled from desktop computers. We have now expanded this to include the following.
- Simple Junk Robot building
- Robot building with moving electronic parts, flashing lights and speakers
- Interactive Story Books or Story Cards
Games for Change Making
Video and computer games used to be very difficult for beginner coders to make. However, in the same way we lift the lid on electronics, we can do the same on how games work. This activity work particularly well as after-school activities or family learning. We also get young people to build their own console controllers to play their own games on.
We are in the process of organising a Repair Cafe in Todmorden. Repair cafes are free events where visitors bring broken things to volunteers to try to repair them. It is a great way to try to reduce waste and to find out more about how our things work. Repair Cafes can happen in different ways but one way is to sign up the the European network at https://repaircafe.org Some of our friends in Manchester run them regularly and they made this video on how to get up and running.
The link between our Scavenging work and repair cafes is that if it can’t be repaired then we can pull apart the broken equipment for parts.