The Wildmakers come to life at the STEAM Centre!

New lineup of characters set to animate technology hub in St. Thomas

(St. Thoma s, Ontario) – Meet Juicebox the Turtle, Awuga the Coyote, Trip-Hop the Bunny, Notebook the Owl, and Tilly the Kangaroo … the full line-up of brand new animated characters set to occupy the STEAM Centre in St. Thomas! The quirky group – known collectively as The Wildmakers – will be let loose soon as the official mascots of the Centre!!

Created by STEAM Centre board member Andrew Gunn, in collaboration with his daughter Clara, 9, and son Charlie, 6, the characters will be featured on t-shirts and in colouring books to help introduce young learners to science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. The whole community can join in the fun right away: t-shirt designs will be introduced via social media throughout February! Proceeds from all sales will support programming at the Centre so by wearing the shirts, everyone can promote St. Thomas as a centre for innovation in STEAM education!

Representatives of the media are invited to visit the STEAM Centre in St. Thomas on Wednesday, February 8, to meet Andrew, Clara, and Charlie and chat about the origins of the characters and learn more about what adventures await Juicebox, Awuga, Trip-Hop, Notebook, and Tilly!

Bios for each character will be provided, and STEAM Centre board members and staff will be on hand as well to show off the first t-shirt designs.

What : Launch of The Wildmakers animated characters
When: Wednesday, February 8, 4:30 p.m.
Where: STEAM Centre, 50 Wellington Street, St. Thomas, ON.

In January 2016, Andrew Gunn took his daughter, Clara, to an event featuring cartoonist Scott Chantler at the St. Thomas Public Library, which sparked an interest in drawing. “After the event, Clara asked me to help her draw a couple of animated characters,” Andrew recalls. “Unfortunately, I am not much of an artist, but gradually the figures took shape. Clara and her brother Charlie started coming up with names and backstories for the characters. We just kept going. Eventually, I reached out to a professional animator, who did a wonderful job defining the look of the group. We added animated versions of Clara and Charlie just for fun!

Now, we are very excited to make the characters available for use by the STEAM Centre, and look forward to working with the community to bring these new mascots to life!”

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