Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab
Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab

Helmet Hackers

Enter into the land of costume creation through helmet making! This camp is a foray into foam fabrication. Campers will learn from experienced helmet forgers about the tips and tricks for creating your own foam, battle ready helmet. From templating and fitting to finishing, campers will be given the essentials for their future foam and prop creations tool kit. Helmets will be decked out with foam accents and horns to make them stand out in a crowd! Small tools such as xacto knives, sandpaper, and spray paints will be used in conjunction with associated safety training. Campers will also be in the presence of power tools, such as a spindle sander, and in a mess prone environment and are expected to get dirty so dress accordingly!

Learning Process and Outcomes

Template Making
Creativity explored
Painting and Finishing techniques
Tool, paint, and glue safety
Iterative design 

Take-Home Creations

A really rocking helmet with horns, accents, and maybe electronics- fully painted

Please fill out and bring signed forms with you in the morning. We will provide snacks but not lunch – participants should bring their own lunch and water bottle. Please note this camp will take place in a dusty and dirty environment, participants should be dressed appropriately.

Prerequisites: None
Difficulty: Moderate
Required Ages: 11+
Required # of Participants: 6 – 15
Dates / Times:
July 17-12 | 1pm-4pm  THIS CAMP US FULL
Cost: $130

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Participants will learn tool safety as part of this workshop. Participants will not operate any large power tools but may use hot glue guns, scissors, Xacto knives or box cutters. Staff assisting youth with the workshop may make use of a dremel, palm sander, heat gun, scroll saw, or hot wire foam cutter..