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!
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:
Below are the stories made in our latest program.
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 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.
Toontastic is a fun and creative way to teach young readers about story arcs. Using the iPad app, authors are able to narrate and animate their characters in order to tell a story. The prescribed scenes are presented in an easy-to-follow outline, beginning with the setup and progressing through conflict, challenge, and climax before the resolution scene. After the scene is complete, music can be added to perfectly compliment the action.
To download the free app to your iPad touch the following link: Toontastic App
The stories below were created by kids in a library program over winter break, and are fantastic examples of what a finished product looks like.
If you were one of our movie-makers, don't forget to count this program as one of your activities for the Winter Library Club. Great work!
The videos below were made in the library's animated movie making program. Kids had the opportunity to select their cast, scenery, and write their own script. All of this was possible thanks to a pretty cool website called Xtranormal. To try Xtranormal at home, create an account on their website.
Enjoy the videos!