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Animation and Teachers

We recently held a Maker Educator Boot Camp (our version of an exhaustive professional development for teachers and educators) at West Liberty University’s Center for Arts and Education. The teachers got the chance to learn some teaching techniques centered around making and exploring.  I was only able to attend one day of the four day Boot Camp but just one day was special enough. I taught the digital applicat
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What did we do with MAKEY MAKEY?

What is a Makey Makey?  It is actually kind of hard to describe in words.  Essentially it is a switch that uses anything conductive to replace the keys on a standard keyboard.  There is much more information on the Makey Makey website. The Makey Makey is our newest toy in MAKESHOP.  As I mentioned, the Makey Makey is a variable switch that replaces a standard keyboard and allows you to interface with a computer using
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Stop-Motion Joke

Michael has been to MAKESHOP before.  His favorite thing to do is stop-motion animation.  He came in a couple of days ago and couldn’t find the stop-motion computer.  We move things around a lot in MAKESHOP, so I showed him where the computer was residing and he got right to work.  His first animation was about the “fiscal cliff,” but that footage was deleted by accident.  Undaunted, Michael began a
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ACM Conference Animation

A couple of weeks ago, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh hosted the Association of Children’s Museums conference.  This prestigious event brought together more than 1,000 international museum professionals for three days of presentations, workshops and events.  It was a blast meeting people from around the world. It was incredibly inspiration to share ideas, tell stories and hear about other museums. I lost
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YouthALIVE and Scratch

YouthALIVE is an after school club for middle schoolers that takes place at the Museum. A few weeks ago, we encouraged the students to do some simple digital programming projects.  The students explored with 3D printing, our EggBot, and Scratch. Scratch (you can access their website here) is an amazing program developed by MIT.  Scratch is a a great way for children to explore simple computer programming.  The interf
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Sharks in MAKESHOP

I’ve noticed an interesting theme in the past few stop-motion animations made in MAKESHOP.  Apparently, a couple of the paper shadow puppets from our programming in the month of February have made there way over to the animation station.  There is a cut out of a shark with a movable mouth that has become the star of our stop-motion animations.  The supporting cast seems to stay the same as well.  Below are seve
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