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We love to share stories at the library, but we also love to make up our own. Toontastic is an app that allows kids to author their own stories, while teaching them how to follow a traditional story arc. The app works with the iPad, iPad Mini, and iPhone. Download by pressing:

Download Toontastic App

Below are the stories made in our latest program.

Friends

Pirates

Horse Gone Missing

 

Last week, we hosted another fantastic LEGO Mindstorms program. This time, it was up to the builders to decide what they were going to do. Each group was given a simple base model to start with and told to let their creativity take over. We didn't know what to expect, but were amazed when each group came up with a completely different robot. It was truly impressive to witness the creativity and smarts it took to design and program the robots. Great job to all who participated!

Watch the video below to catch a glimpse of the fun, and keep an eye out for our next Mindstorms program.

In the most recent Scratch Animation class, the group learned how move their characters using the arrow keys, have "enemies" move randomly, and how to make character's disappear to signify the end of the game. The examples below are really impressive games that took a lot of hard work. Great job!

To learn more about Scratch, see our previous post: Scratch Animation

The Last Pac-Man

Scratch Project

Backwards Meteor

Scratch Project

 

Pac-Man Game FINAL

Scratch Project

The library hosted two sessions of game design over winter break. We used Scratch to make two types of games. The first session made a maze and the second made a "stay away" game. Congratulations to all of the game designers. Have fun playing the games!

Click the following link for a complete list of games: Games

To learn more about Scratch or to download the program, see our previous post.