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
All of the filmmakers did an amazing job of working together to create magnificent movies. The process was so much fun that participants asked if they could do this at home. Yes, you can! We have included instructions on how to make a stop-motion film using either a PC (Windows Live Movie Maker) or Mac (iMovie) computer.
For a step-by-step guide on how to use Windows Live Movie Maker to create an animation, click here.
For instructions on how to use iMovie to make an animation, click here.
The videos below will be shown on the big screen at the Red Carpet Premier, July 12. Please register each person who plans to attend, as seats are limited.
Giant Hamburger from Outer Space
Revenge of Hammy
Superheroes in Peril
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.
Toontastic was a great way to kick off the tech programs for the Summer Library Club! The free iPad app is a wonderful tool to introduce children to story arcs as the program offers different scenes like setup, conflict, challenge, climax, and resolution. Kids used Toontastic to pick a setting, characters, music, and narrate a story. Click on the links below to watch the animated stories. Enjoy!