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Freelance consultant, learning facilitator, and writer, founder of extreme-inventing.com, ooleee.net (with artist Gary King), knowledgecafe0151. Teach technology entrepreneurship at School of Engineering at University of Liverpool, UK. I have a longstanding and avid interest in Technology as a unique human phenomenon. I'm actively engaged in research on how enterprising individuals shape material culture through inventing and innovating, with palaeoanthropologists at the Dept. of Archaeology, Egyptology and Classics, also at University of Liverpool.

Kid’s Play

Kid’s are extreme inventors par excellence. Featured here is a science fiction scenario created by my son Oliver many years ago. I was so impressed I took some photos. This is a perfect example of how the properties of found objects are incorporated into a new system. The system is created through play. The outcome is learning to imagine, to gain a knowledge of materials, to invent. The found objects include foam polystyrene cups and packaging, chunks of amber coloured glass originally part of an electric fire effect, a small trampoline is used as a table, cotton wool and flour. The designed objects were from a pack of robots and futuristic ray weapons.

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