Alicia Anderson
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  • Minneapolis, MN
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Bringing the mountain to Mohammed

Cynthia, myself, and Toby from the Teen Tech Squad brought 6 laptops and 4 drawing pads to the after school program at Zanewood Recreation Center, which is located about 4 blocks from a junior high. We were set up around a round table in the game room alongside the Wii, pool table, TV, etc. We didn't have a theme or project this time, but as it turned out the drawing pads were a draw (no pun intended), so that got the ball rolling. We instructors circulated and helped kids individually. Having… Continue

Posted on April 26, 2010 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Light Drop-in Traffic on a Friday

I set up an informal drop-in Scratch workshop in the Children's area here at Brookdale last Friday. Unfortunately, Fridays are one of our quietest times, and traffic was light.

All but one of the 4 kids who stopped in were pressed for time, so there wasn't a lot of time to let them poke around and explore. I showed them how to make or import a sprite, how to add costume changes, and a few rudimentary blocks for costume change and movement. Here's the only project I was able to… Continue

Posted on March 24, 2010 at 4:23pm — 1 Comment

Spring Scratch at Rogers Library

I was pinch-hitting for Cynthia earlier this month and got to assist the Teen Tech Squad with a workshop at Rogers, one of the more outlying branches in HCL.

There were 6 boys in 4th and 5th grade, and none of them had used Scratch before. The teens gave a fairly brief introduction to the Scratch website. Then they went through just the basic functions: how to find or make a sprite, and how to make costumes; stamping, cutting, and enlarge/shrink; a few basic command and motion blocks.… Continue

Posted on March 24, 2010 at 4:05pm — 1 Comment

Fruit Jams II: Revenge of the Pineapple

Okay, so the pineapple was pretty docile. But if produce could rise up and wreak havoc, it had good cause on Tuesday and Wednesday, when we encouraged 5th-7th graders to stab them repeatedly (and gleefully) with paperclips until they made crazy noises. If any revenge was exacted, it was in the form of an insidious stickiness we're still finding in random places.

We held Round 2 of this workshop in Brookdale's large meeting room, with 5 staggered… Continue

Posted on July 31, 2009 at 5:06pm — 4 Comments

Workshop at Brookdale HCL

Disclaimer: sorry, this got kind of long. Feel free to skip to the project gallery at the end. :) Last week Cynthia and I and another colleague held a two-part Scratch workshop for kids entering grades 5-6. We had a full turn-out of 12 kids one day and 14 the next. Our public training room has 13 computers, so we had to shoe-horn in a few laptops the second day. The focus was animation. Specifically, the seed idea was making a character, then making them a superhero with an arch-enemy and/or a… Continue

Posted on June 24, 2009 at 9:45am — 1 Comment

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At 5:08pm on September 10, 2015, STELLA KWALE said…

Good Day,

How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately. I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on:( ) for the full details.

Have a nice day

Thanks God bless.

Mrs Stella.

At 12:13pm on February 13, 2009, keithbraafladt said…
Hi Alicia, how did the workshop go?

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