In the fall edition of stop-motion animation, kids (grades 2-4) combined their artistic abilities with their technology skills to create some wonderful movies. First, they came up with an outline for their story. Next, they used digital cameras to take pictures and import them into iMovie. Last, they put the finishing touches on their projects by adding professional quality opening and closing effects.
The librarians were extremely impressed with the attention to detail displayed by each group. Their hard work was apparent, as each video turned out to be a masterpiece! Great work and remember, you can make a stop-motion video at home. Click on the links below to get specific instructions for your computer.
Step-by-step instructions: Windows Live Movie Maker (PC)
Step-by-step instructions: iMovie (Mac)
We were so glad to have such a good turn-out for the light painting program. It was a lot of fun for everyone and the results were truly one of a kind! To see the full catalog of pictures for each group, click on the links below.
To start the program, each group was given a digital camera and flashlights. The groups then used the equipment to create awesome, original artwork, with no special effects added. The way to achieve the unique effects is to find a dark room, put a digital camera into manual mode, change the shutter speed to 15 seconds, and use bright flashlights with focused light to "paint" in the air. It's that easy! Try out light painting at home and make sure to share your photos with the librarians!
More details about light painting and other cool projects can be found on the Exploratorium's blog.
In our last game design program, we barely skimmed the surface of what can be done using Scratch. However, one of the best features of Scratch is participants can go back and edit their projects. Ideas for expanding your project include adding new controls, new sprites, and even new levels. This document will show you which scripts to use in order to make a new level. If you have any questions or want to learn more, feel free to contact Youth Services.
If you were in the game design program, you can access and edit your projects here.
Games are a lot of fun to play, but designing your own game can be even better! In our program, game designers used software called Scratch to program their own motion-controlled game. Programming sounds like it would be very difficult, but participants learned that programming is just a way to tell the characters in their game how to act. It is almost like a game of Simon Says. Everyone did a fantastic job working through the commands and building their games.
Participants can download their game and continue their work. If you weren't able to make it to the class, you can start a new game by downloading Scratch. Our next blog post will include the code we used, how to make another level, and the thoughts behind our game design program.
Grades 2 - 4
Grades 5 - 8