A Different Kind of Friend

Catherine created this project in Scratch for the PTA Reflections contest. Catherine has won in her category at her school, and at the city-wide level, and is now on her way to the State competition!

After programming her story in Scratch, Catherine used a screen capture program to put her animation into video format.

Congratulations Catherine!


Makey Makey & Scratch with Fabitat!

On Thursday, January 30th, students from the legal graffiti class at Fabitat joined us at the Computer Clubhouse for a Makey Makey and Scratch workshop.

We started with learning about how circuits work using Makey Makey. We connected the boards to the computers, and made controllers out of foil to play Pacman. Once the students mastered the game using the foil, they switched to using each other to control the game, because humans conduct electricity too! We discussed the difficulties of figuring out Makey Makey, but mostly celebrated because each group was able to get their games of Pacman up and going with very few problems.


Next, we created games in Scratch. Each group was challenged to create a game that they control using Makey Makey, and an original drawing. One group put their own twist on the Super Mario Brothers game, an explosion happens once a person touches the bomb they drew, and it even had sound effects! Another group programmed people to dance once someone touched the apple that they drew. The last group drew an imaginary animal, and a few of the staff and members at Fabitat.

The group of students from Fabitat were AMAZING, and great programmers! We’ll be visiting them for a DJ/Beatmaking class soon! Image




Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

This year the Clubhouse had the pleasure of hosting the College Success Foundation’s AmeriCorps volunteers and their students for a day of service!

We began with a Makey Makey & Scratch workshop. To get familiar with Makey Makey, we started by creating keys out of foil to play Pacman. After the students realized they weren’t limited to the foil they began exploring other possible ways to play Pacman. Eventually the room was filled with yelling and laughter as the students began using each other instead of the foil. (Because humans conduct electricity!)

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Next, the students looked at the Martin Luther King Speech project in Scratch, and thought about their own dreams. In groups, they came up with concepts for projects depicting their dreams. One group had a dream that all students had the opportunity to eat breakfast. Another group created a trivia game where people had to guess the dream of each group member. The last group had a dream of education equality. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time to complete the projects, but a few of the students were interested in finishing on their own at home.

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After the workshop, we all got to work! One group went to work in the Make It! Lab, where there were hundreds of LEGOs spread out around the room. Another group worked on cleaning up the music studio. There was also a group that cleaned our front classroom. All volunteers helped with wiping down walls and tables, and taking out garbage.
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We are very grateful for the service of the AmeriCorps members and their students! Thank you!

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