Yes, we still are hosting Open Labs and Scratchin here in Memphis. We are trying to brainstorm how to reinvigorate our sessions. Attendance during the school year has dropped drastically.

Anyway, I am working on a formal session in honor of Teen Read Week that will run October 13th and October 27th. It's going to be a Halloween take on the Scratch Greeting Card that everyone ran earlier in the year.

Also in the works, I am going to be traveling to the East Shelby Branch location to run a Simple Animation Program there. It's scheduled to be an hour long session in conjunction with an Art Show/Competition. That program is also to promote Teen Read Week and is running October 24th. It'll be interesting taking this show on the road. Especially since I've never seen their media setup. Thinking about having the wireless AP with me just in case...wonder if it'll be configured in time. If anyone has traveled and can think of trouble-shooting things to share in advance, that would be wonderful too!


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Comment by Sabrina Sutliff-Gross on October 14, 2009 at 10:08pm
I'm interested in the Powerpoint - can you send it to me so I can post it to the site?
Comment by Alicia Anderson on October 12, 2009 at 3:00pm
Fruit Jams was all sorts of fun. Two elements that made a huge difference were 1) a group of students who almost entirely had Scratch experience already and could jump into something more advanced, and 2) plenty of adult/expert teen help. I'll also add 3) plenty of paper towels. With that plus some code to start from (thank you Keith), it's a project I would recommend. I've got a PowerPoint of our presentation if you are interested.

The Halloween card idea sounds fun. I see a lot of teens in my library trying to scare each other with those short videos that start innocuously and suddenly cut to screaming zombie heads or something. That would be a fun type of animation to put together in Scratch, maybe with some interaction thrown in, like "Click to pet the fuzzy kitty". Hmm, when could I try this project at my place...
Comment by keithbraafladt on October 8, 2009 at 10:53pm
I'm posting video from my visit to Charlotte of one of the staff and Kelly playing the sensor board ... I should have it up soon. Also - Jason has great experience traveling with the program.
Comment by on October 8, 2009 at 11:29am
We do have a few sensor boards, and I haven't played much with them yet. Maybe I can break them out by next month.
Comment by Jen on October 8, 2009 at 11:06am
Sounds like good stuff, Hillary - you might want to think about having really focused sessions to re-invigorate. I know Cynthia and Alicia had a lot of fun with Fruit Jams - you'd need sensor boards and I'm not sure if you have those. Or even plunge into the 'create a game' kind of project.

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