Big Dream Conference

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Why I’m Giving on Giving Tuesday

Marisa and her family participated in our Family Creative Learning Workshops this past October. Here’s why she’s giving on Giving Tuesday:

#GivingTuesday
So there’s Black Friday & Cyber Monday but today is something I feel represents what this time of year really means: Giving. Whether it’s your time, your love, or your support to a great cause.
In this case I feel we can accomplish all 3 by donating to a cause that helps our children; Clubhouse 253. This place has been a great asset to our community. Offering free tutoring during the week & Girls Day on Saturdays where they learn all about computers & technology that will help them succeed in the future. There’s also ongoing workshops that gets the whole family involved. Not to mention meals during these events!
All these services are free. The people who run this volunteer so much of their time & energy to help the next generation. A lot of whom went to the clubhouse as kids themselves. It would be great if we could help them continue this amazing program that has done so much for so many.
You can give to them by clicking the donate button on their website.”http://bit.ly/1ehNVdx

Clubhouse on Mars

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1. So first we got a box

2.Then we cut up pieces of another box ,we use the cut up pieces and put foil over it

3.Next, we designed the box with pictures

4.Soon, we made cretures that we thought would look like on mars and people

5. Later, we put white paper on the bottom (used as the ground)

6. Finally, we used a hot glue gun to stick buildings and animals and etc.
As we were making it i thought of ow the “Tacoma clubhouse” would look like on mars.

-Malayah

Simple Light-up Hoodie

LED Hoodie

Materials needed:
Hooded sweatshirt. (We got ours from Target).

EL Tape (You can find it at Radioshack, or SparkFun).
Inverter for EL tape/wire. (We got this one from Radioshack).
Two AA batteries for the inverter.
Sew on Velcro. (We found ours at Michael’s)
Glue gun
Needle
Thread the same color as your hooded sweatshirt.

How-to:
Follow the steps listed here in the Make: projects site.
Note: our EL tape wasn’t adhesive, so we used a glue gun to stick the Velcro to it.

Wish it, Dream it, MAKE IT! Summer Program

Wish it, Dream it, MAKE IT! Summer Program

The application for the Computer Clubhouse summer program is now open! The theme this summer is “Wish it, Dream it, MAKE IT!”
Students will spend six weeks exploring circuits, coding, photography, engineering, video production, music production, health and science, art, and take a behind the scene look at sci-fi films! They will also get a chance to interact with youth from around the world and discuss projects they’re working on as we participate in the virtual Summer Maker Camp hosted by Google. Additionally, there will be fun field trips each week related to the weekly theme.

Applications are due no later than 5PM May 30th 2014. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email the Clubhouse Coordinator (jaleesat@allenrenaissance.org) or call (253.627.3174).

Girls’ Day: Scratch + Makey Makey Game Making

After getting to know our new volunteers from the University of Washington – Tacoma Women in Computing Science group, we got into groups and began creating.
Each group was instructed to create a game using a person, place, and thing that they drew. (Each person contributed a person, place, and thing to the pile). Each group was also instructed to use their Makey Makey board to control their game. They were provided with Scratch cards, aluminum foil, printer paper, pipe cleaners, markers, pencils, cardboard boxes, glue, scissors, paper clips, clip boards, and copper wire.

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Group One:
Group one drew Casey (a friend), home, and a rocket ship.
The object of their game was to throw a rock at the alien 5 times so that Casey could return home. Comments from the creators: If we had more time, we would’ve programmed it so that if the alien touches Casey she lose points, and if she touches an alien 5 times she loses the game.
http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/18285895/

Group Two:
Group two drew a Jayann (a friend),  heart, and the Tacoma Glass Museum.
The object of this game is to have Jayann, the tiger, collect the hearts. Once the tiger collects a certain amount of points she goes to another level.  This group started on their Makey Makey controls, but ran out of time.
http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/18285717/

Group Three:
Group three drew Bow Wow, the mall, and paper.
The object of their game is to collect money each time Bow Wow appears in the mall. (Similar to where’s Waldo). Once you score more than 200 points, you win.
http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/18285756/

 

Reflections from the Girls:
During their presentations each group talked about the overall experience, and what they would change/add if they had more time, a few girls came back on Monday and made adjustments to their games.
All of the girls were surprised at what they were capable of creating, and all admitted that programming wasn’t as bad as they imagine.
One girl expressed that she wishes she had more time, and supplies to create her game controller.

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Computer Science Education Week – Thursday

Computer Science Education Week 2013

Scratch Holiday Cards

Learn how to make an interactive holiday card for your friends and family! Use the link below, and follow the instructions on the left side of your screen. Don’t forget to sign in/create an account and share your project once you’re done!

Scratch Holiday Card Tutorial

Ready for a challenge?

Add images that you’ve created using Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.
Record your voice and add it to one of the characters.