Workshops 2017

Workshop A

Gaming with Scratch and Makey Makey– Steve Blair
AGES 8-11
Monday January 16, 2017
Location:  Market Hall-140 Charlotte St. N
9:45 a.m.-2:15p.m.

Ever wonder what it would be like to high five someone to play Flappy Bird? Or press bananas to play Pacman? Students will discuss their favourite games and explore what it would be like to build their own controller to play them. We’ll learn basic circuitry through the use of a Makey Makey, an invention kit that allows anyone to build physical circuits through a microcontroller, a set of alligator clips, and conductive materials. We’ll connect things like aluminum foil, Play-Doh, and fruit to our computers and test how these objects can act as an extension of keyboard keys for popular online games. We’ll discuss basic game design elements and what makes a game fun and addictive. Students will then pair up and use Scratch to build their very own game and create game controllers for a more interactive experience.

Workshop B  SOLD OUT

Animation Workshop – Daniel Crawford
AGES 11-13
Tuesday January 17, 2017
RESCHEDULED to Friday January 20 2017
Location:  Showplace Nexicom Studio -290 George St. N
9:45 a.m.-2:15p.m.

Experience the magic of bringing a story to life through stop-motion animation. Students will develop a clear understanding of animation techniques drawing inspiration from the history of animation and contemporary stop-motion artists. In small groups students will develop a short animated film in this hands-on process, including camera set up and shooting, character and story creation, set building and more.

Workshop C  SOLD OUT

Storytelling with Scratch – Steve Blair
AGES 8-11
Wednesday, January 18 2017
Location:  Market Hall-140 Charlotte St. N
9:45 a.m.-2:15p.m.
CANCELLED until further notice.

Whether it’s online or on the big screen, video storytelling is everywhere. This workshop offers students the opportunity to brainstorm story ideas with partners using Scratch to learn basic design principles, character interaction techniques, and audio integration. By the end, you’ll be sharing your stories on the web for anyone to watch!

To see film program for 2017 please click here