Maker Jawn Rides in the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby

This year the Maker Mentors and participants of Maker Jawn had the pleasure of participating in the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby. With the help of Stephen Horscha from Haley Trikes, we built a spectacular tricycle with giant paper mache books all decorated by the young makers of Maker Jawn.

Kids from throughout the North Philly Neighborhood Cluster collaborated on our sculpture. Participants from the Kensington, Lillian Marrero, and Rodriguez library branches worked together on the paintings, paper mache, and drawings featured on the trike.

Here are some photos from the making of the paper mache pieces and our ride in the derby. Enjoy!

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Also featured by our team was a collection of helmets decorated to look like characters from our makers’ favorite books. Can you spot Lyle the Crocodile, Wilbur the Pig, Chicken Little, and other characters?

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While we cycled in the derby, our spirited team took the opportunity to spread the word about the Free Library of Philadelphia. We hope we convinced some people to come check out their local library and participate in Maker activities!


To make the experience even more amazing, we won the award for Best 10+ Person Team! We would like to thank all of the Makers and Maker Mentors who participated in making our sculpture, even if they were not able to ride in the event. Below is a picture of our awesome trophy.


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Check out the video of our ride here:

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