The start of the 2021-22 academic year rings in the third year of Fox Fridays. Open to all members of the WashU community, this free, low-stress workshop series introduces overlooked or under-known tools, resources, processes, and ideas across spaces in the Sam Fox School. Beginning September 10, the fall series will feature a total of 13 workshops, providing an ideal platform for play and experimentation that may open new pathways to enhance student and faculty work.
“Fox Fridays was instigated under a social prerogative, to bring the diverse range of disciplines inside the Sam Fox School together around making,” said associate professor Jonathan Hanahan, director of Fox Fridays. “Making is important, but making together is essential. We’ve sought to create a culture where Fridays on the Sam Fox School campus are about collective play, experimentation, and fun.”
As it did with so many things, the COVID-19 pandemic altered the format of Fox Fridays, which largely featured digital and remote workshops during the 2020-21 academic year. While those shifts did allow for the exploration of new processes, the focus for fall 2021 is a return to in-person experiences for all 13 workshops being offered, so long as public health conditions permit.
“All of our workshops will be held on campus and take advantage of the ample resources we have available to us as students, faculty, and staff,” Hanahan said. “Many are with some of our most popular topics/tools of the past, like 3D Scanning, 3D Printing, and Risograph printing, providing an opportunity to dive into the robust ways these tools can be used for a range of alternative disciplines.
“We are also offering several workshops with new tools acquired over the past year like our exciting new CNC Plasma Cutter, expanding what we have available and creating new opportunities for interdisciplinary experimentation.“
Workshops are open to all members of the WashU community, with online signups for each workshop taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The schedule is listed below; for full details, visit the Fox Fridays page on our website.