We are super excited for YEET! on March 2nd and 3rd (10:30-3 each day) and hope you can join us. YEET! stands for Youth Exploration and Experimentation in Technology and takes place at Anvil Centre. YEET! is two days of low or no cost, drop-in and registered programs for children and youth that highlight fascinating technologies and innovative ideas, full of creativity, exploration, and tonnes of fun! YEET is sponsored by Amazon with support from SFU. Whether your child is into coding, arts, building, exploring, puppets, music, making noise, or anything else, we promise there is something for everyone.

Some events require pre-registration but many events are drop-in. Check out the event guide, below, and let us know you’re coming on Facebook.


Gestures and Words

A performance and workshop based on a collection of gestures and words captured from the museum’s existing collection and archives. When does an artifact and by extension a gesture, become history? How does an artifact come to exist as a representation of the past? Working with archivists and museum staff the dancers will find artifacts and collection texts that reference the body. They will then translate this into a collection of words, photos, & images that are placed on a magnetic word board. Dancers then use the suggestions on the magnetic board to create movement and dance in the gallery.

  • WHERE: New Westminster Museum and Archives, 3rd Floor
  • REGISTRATION REQUIRED?: No, stop by the third floor and check it out anytime between 10:30am and 3pm both Saturday and Sunday March 2 and 3.  Performances are at noon and 2pm on Saturday March 2. 

Sound Lounge

During YEET! head up to the Anvil Centre’s 4th floor to experience Sound Lounge. Staff and youth from Royal City Sound, the City of New Westminster’s Youth DJ Program and artist Wes Koopmans will be transforming one of our studios into an interactive space focused on innovative ways of presenting sound – specifically re-purposed archival audio from New Westminster’s Museum and Archives collections. We have two innovative and exciting ways of experiencing and understanding the past by linking it sonically with the now!

The Royal City Sound crew, the youth DJ Program that runs out of the Youth Centre, along with lead staff specialist Lillian Henriques will be on hand from 1:00-2:30pm to talk about Royal City Sound, show the public how to work a turn table, and share their work created from the archival audio files. They will be performing Saturday, March 2 from 2:00-3:00pm and Sunday, March 3 from 1:30-2:00pm. Come on out and dance!

Artist Wes Koopmans will be setting up a different kind of sound system, with surprising and engaging results. A variety of pedals, switches and other soundboard technology will enable participants to try their hand at controlling, mixing and randomizing archival audio files from New Westminster’s Museum and Archives collections. Participants’ will also have the ability to have their voices recorded in situ. Modern day audio content can then be layered into the archival soundscapes; blending the New Westminster of the past with New Westminster of today. Wes Koopmans will be showcasing this technology Saturday, March 2 from 10:00am-12:30pm with a performance from 12:30-1:00pm.  Catch him again to learn more on Sunday, March 3 from 10:00am-12:00pm.

  • WHERE: 4th Floor
  • REGISTRATION REQUIRED?: No, drop in anytime between 10:30am and 3:00pm March 2 and 3. Performances are at scheduled times, outlined above. 

Guerrilla Girls – Engage, Perform, Disrupt!

An intrepid band of camouflage-clad girls aged 9 – 12 will invade all corners of Anvil with portable and innovative technologies.Their goal? To engage, perform and disrupt! Lead by talented educator, musician, composer and contemporary artist Alanna Ho, these mighty tech-girls will base themselves in Room 413 A and will invite participation in some scheduled technology cracking-hacking exercises. Then they will foray out into the festival to entertain with technology!

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  • WHERE: 4th Floor
  • REGISTRATION REQUIRED?: Yes, but you can sign up on the day of, see the links above. 

Best Buy Geek Squad Academy: BB-8 Obstacle Course

Join Best Buy in a galaxy far, far away! Learn some coding basics, and program BB-8 droids to overcome a series of challenges for some interstellar fun!

  • WHERE: Ballroom, Ground Floor
  • REGISTRATION REQUIRED?: No, stop by anytime 10:30am to 3:00pm Saturday and Sunday March 2 and 3. 

 


Smart Drums: Smart Technology and Machine Learning

Dance to your own beat using the innovative Wekinator program designed by Rebecca Fiebrink to create drum loops on the fly and in real time. Audience members will learn to create beautiful collaborative music as they move around the floor and start to understand the connections! Their body movements, facial expressions and gestures will be captured through a computer’s built-in camera. This visual information will be relayed to a computer who can understand and translate it into drum beats and music. The green screen will drop the audience into any environment (the beach, on top of a mountain).  Led by New Media Gallery programmer Christopher Jung, this one is sure to be a good time!

  • WHERE:  Atrium, Ground Floor
  • REGISTRATION REQUIRED?: No, stop by anytime 10:30am to 3:00pm Saturday and Sunday March 2 and 3. 

Engineers and Geoscientists of BC

Engineering and geoscience is all around us. From the roads we take to get from one place to another, to the clean water flowing out of our taps, and the minerals needed to create everyday items like cell phones, engineers and geoscientists had a hand in it! Join Engineers and Geoscientists BC at YEET to learn more about engineering and geoscience through hands-on science activities.

  • WHERE:  Atrium, Ground Floor
  • REGISTRATION REQUIRED?: No, stop by anytime 10:30am to 3:00pm Saturday and Sunday March 2 and 3. 

 


Virtual Reality Puppet Theatre

Adjust your Oculus Rift Headsets and prepare to dive inside the Virtual Reality Puppet world!  On March 2 + 3 our audience will encounter the Virtual Reality Puppet Theatre.   We think it’s a first – and our innovative 360 degree video camera is key!  Our kid puppeteers will be performing inside and projecting out to the audience through headsets.  Audience members not in headsets will enjoy watching the performance on out-facing screens. How will we put this together? In a series of after-school workshops beginning on February 20, Kid Puppeteers will develop the script, whip up mini-costumes, sets, a huge circular backdrop and learn about all the technological devices needed to make this production.  They’ll learn how to work with various types of technology and use their creative imaginations. Give your kids a head start on creative technology. Register early!

Puppet Theatre development workshop runs every Wednesday after school from February 20 through March 17 in the Learning Lab. This brilliant workshop will allow children to connect with experimental technologies and innovative constructions while having tons of creative fun!

  • WHERE:   Ballroom, Ground Floor
  • REGISTRATION REQUIRED? Sort of. New Media Gallery has developed the Virtual Puppet workshops where kids get to develop the technology, puppets and backdrop over four Wednesdays from February 20 – March 17, 3:30 – 5:00.  This requires registration –that’s here. But anyone can interact with the puppet theatre during YEET without registering. Super Cool Warning:  You’ll have to wear an Oculus Rift VR Headset to go inside this Puppet World! 

The Living Encyclopedia

Working with the Open Science Network, and a host of exciting educational innovator groups, we are bringing The Living Encyclopedia to life. Every table in the festival will be imagined as an encyclopedic entry. These are educational entries intended to be fun and inspirational and will speak the language of kids and youth! Kids can wander from table to table and meet up with a host of inspiring, creative and innovative characters, stories and demonstrations around some truly remarkable creative process. Education, innovation and Inspiration is the goal.

  • WHERE: Ballroom, Ground Floor
  • REGISTRATION REQUIRED? Definitely not! Come in and ask a scientist your burning questions!

Coding Workshops: Kids Learning Code

We are excited to partner with Canada Learning Code who “deliver, and partner on technology education for Canadians and run programs for Ladies, Kids, Girls, Teens and Teachers.” Their educational experiences cover everything from introductory HTML & CSS, to WordPress, Python, Ruby, Responsive Design, Photoshop and more. They are especially popular and successful because of the 4:1 ratio of learners to volunteer instructors at every workshop. This is only possible because of overwhelming support from the technology and startup communities in area.  We are offering two workshops with Canada Learning Code: Graphic Design with Canva and Scratch and Webmaking with HTML and CSS, one each day. These programs require registration and are aimed at kids 9-12 years of age.


The Learning Lab – Drop In

Drop in to the New Media Gallery Learning Lab and have fun with Little Bits! two drop in sessions on Saturday March 2 from 11-12 and 1-2.

The Mayor’s Challenge – Great Tech Race 2

For the second year Mayor + Councillors take on the kids in a fast-paced, technology build + race team challenge. This will be an exercise in controlled chaos. Last year this uproarious, challenging (for some!) and fun event closed out the weekend. Who won? The KIDS of course! The race is moving down to the ground floor so more of our audience can participate and enjoy the closing event. We’ll be looking for tech prizes to award. Jester of Ceremonies and the Mayor will close out the event. The build takes place from 1pm to 3pm with the race at 3pm.

  • WHERE: 3rd Floor
  • REGISTRATION REQUIRED: If you’d like to be a part of the six teams building an entry to compete against “The Adults”, you do need to register in advance. If you’re just coming to watch, no registration is needed – the race is at 3pm on Sunday March 3. There is also open drop in on Saturday March 2 from 11-12 and 1-2 to experiment with Little Bits. 

Jellyfish Lounge

This quiet, chill out space features videos of jellyfish blobbing around, comfy chairs, and dimmer lights for when you need a break from the chaos and noise of the main event. This is a safe and quiet space for when you need a break.

  • WHERE: Ground Floor
  • REGISTRATION REQUIRED? No, drop by anytime 10:30am to 3:00pm March 2 and 3. 

Exhibitions

New Media Gallery

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This exhibition explores the seemingly magical and poetic qualities of Magnets and Magnetism as well as their scientific properties as seen through the eyes of five artists from around the world. The innovative expression and use of magnetism in these works of art convey ideas and meaning that is poignant and often astounding. Full details available here. NMG and is open Tuesday to Saturday 10-5 and open late Thursdays till 8. NMG will be also be open for both days of YEET.

  •  WHERE: New Media Gallery, 3rd floor 
  • REGISTRATION REQUIRED? No! Drop in anytime they’re open. 

 

New Westminster Museum & Archives

Getting the Word Out

An exhibition of Fake News and Media Literacy. The printed word has long-held a powerful authority and transformative potential around the world. How do you view the power of print and where do you see it headed. New Westminster Museum and Archives is located on the 3rd floor and will be open during YEET.

  • WHERE: New Westminster Museum and Archives, 3rd Floor
  • REGISTRATION REQUIRED? No! Drop in anytime they’re open.