New ComputerXplorers Club – Game Design at Campie Primary

Create and play your own video game !  New club at Campie Primary Schools starts on the 9th January.

Did you know Touch screens are SO yesterday, now people can design video sensing games that require no touch! You will delight at waving your arms around to play games, pop bubbles, swat flies, whack-a-mole or interact with one of your own wacky creations! In this class you will learn programming, video sensing, cloning, sound editing and more with the very latest software. 

Open to all P4 – P7s

Sign up now! Places limited! Visit our website at www.sescotland.computerxplorers.co.uk

 

ComputerXplorers Summer Workshops

Be creative and have fun this summer.  We are running a number of workshops this summer as part of East Lothian Summer Activity Programme.  To book any of the workshops below call East Lothian Council on 01620 820123 or register via their website.

Cartoon Creation

Create your own world of monsters and aliens in this great new animation workshop. Find out how easy it is to cfreate your own unique characters, use speech bubbles or record your own audio track to tell their story. Family and friends will then be able to view your completed cartoon on our Video Gallery. This programme has bags of “smile factor” – come and join the fun!

Dunbar Bleachingfield – 21st July – 1 – 5pm – Age 6 – 9

3D Modelling

Learn how to build amazing 3D models of your own design from mansions and castles to race tracks and skate parks,,,even your very own primary school! Using Google Earth transport your own house or school into the software to add your own special features.  How about a swimming pool in your back garden?

Dunbar Bleachingfield – 22nd July 1- 5pm – Age 9 – 13

Talking Heads – Facial Animation

Imagine being able to animate James Bond or Simon Cowell, make a monkey..even a potato talk or transform a photograph of yourself into a talking puppet! Well now you can with ComputerXplorers.  We will teach you the techniques you need to make any image come alive and produce your very own animation which can then be viewed by family and friends

 Haddington Town Hall – 28th July 1 – 5pm – Age 9 – 13

Lego Animation

Stop-motion animation is one of the simplest and most fun animation techniques.  Combine this with LEGO and you have a winning combination for young film-makers.  A fantastic way to bring your favourite LEGO creations to life.

We will teach you the techniques you need to become a magical movie producers and produce your very own animation which can be viewed by family and friends.  Watch out Wallace and Gromit here comes ComputerXplorers!

 Haddington Town Hall – 29th July 10 – 4pm – Age 6 – 9 

Musselburgh Brunton – 5th August 9 – 3pm – Age 9 – 13 

Minecraft Workshop

Minecraft is a game that allows you to manipulate the immersive 3D world around you and create anything that your imagination can conjure.  Explore Minecraft with our specially designed Minecraft resoure as we follow the story of a castaway washed up on the shores of a strange land.  Players must “mine”, “craft” and “create” their way from castaway to king. Children must have some knowledge of Minecraft

Musselburgh Brunton – 4th August 1 – 5pm – Age 9 – 13 – SOLD OUT

Additional Workshop due to demand

Musselburgh Brunton – 6th August 1 – 5pm – Age 9 – 13 

Parent and Child Sessions for PreSchoolers – Under the Microscope

Become a modern day explorer as we discover some really cool objects under the microscope! From bugs and beasties to snake skin and animal hair! Take photographs and then add your own touches using special effects programs on the computer in this fun packed workshop for preschoolers and parents.

Haddington Town Hall – 28th July 11.15 – 12am – Age 3 – 5

Musselburgh Brunton – 4th August 11.15 – 12am – Age 3 – 5

The Hour of Code is coming!

What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code forms part of the annual Computer Science Education Week in the United States.  It’s a worldwide campaign and runs from the 9th – 15th December and its aim is to encourage interest in the field and show that anyone can learn the basics.

The Hour of Code campaign goal is to introduce 10 million students to one hour of computer science.

Although children today are surrounded by technology few are learning how computers actually work or how to create software.  By getting a feel for computational thinking early, children will have a foundation for success in any career path.

ComputerXplorers is currently offering all our existing schools a free introductory workshop in “Programming with Scratch” to help celebrate the Hour of Code.

 

 

 

 

 


Further Information

For more information on the Hour of Code and for access to programming resources link to http://code.org/hourofcode or email Lynne at info@sescotland.computerxplorers.co.uk to find out how ComputerXplorers can help get your school involved.

Lego Animation at Hibernian FC

In association with Hibernian Community Foundation ComputerXplorers are offering Lego Animation workshops in the Learning Centre at Hibernian FC from November for children aged 7 – 13 years old.

 

Stop-motion animation is one of the simplest and most fun animation techniques. Combine this with LEGO and FOOTBALL and you have a winning combination. A fantastic way to bring your favourite Lego creations to life.

We will teach you the techniques you need to become a magical movie producer and produce your very own animation which can be viewed by family and friends.  Watch out Wallace and Gromit here comes ComputerXplorers.

  • Captain your favourite football team as you lead them to victory
  • Recreate the days of the “Famous Five”
  • Interview your favourite player
  • Let your imagination run wild and choose your own theme

Further details can be found on our website at http://www.sescotland.computerxplorers.co.uk

 

 

ComputerXplorers and Midlothian Science Festival

Catch us at the Midlothian Science Festival on the Saturday the 12th and Saturday the 19th October where ComputerXplorers will be running a series of workshops for primary school age children over both weekend.

Try your hand at creating your very own video game or use the latest Lego robotics technology to build and program amazing creatures which can move using motors, gears and wheels.

See the festival website for more details on our workshops and for everything else that’s happening at the Midlothian Science Festival…http://www.midlothiansciencefestival.com

ComputerXplorers Summer Classes for Preschoolers

Parent and Child Sessions – Under the Microscope with ComputerXplorers

Become a modern day explorer as we discover some really cool objects under the microscope! From bugs and beasties to snake skin and animal hair! Take photographs and then add your own touches using special effects programs on the computer in this fun packed workshop for pre-schoolers and their parents

 

Musselburgh   Monday 15th July; Ages 3 – 6; 11.15 – 12pm    

Haddington   Monday 29th July; Ages 3 – 6; 11.15 – 12pm

See our website at www.sescotland.computerxplorers.co.uk for further details or call Lynne on 0131 6530580

 

 

ComputerXplorers Summer Camps

For 2013 ComputerXplorers will be running a number of summer camps across the Lothians from Edinburgh to North Berwick and in everything from Lego Animation and Cartoon Creation to Minecraft and Rocketeering. We will also be holding our first ever Video Game Jam in Edinburgh and holding a Techno-tainment Camp for juniors!

Some of the workshops on offer:

LEGO ANIMATION

Stop-motion is one of the simplest and most fun animation techniques.  Combine this with LEGO and you have a winning combination for young film-makers.  A fantastic way to bring your favourite LEGO creations to life.

 

We will teach you the techniques you need to become a magical movie producer and produce your very own animation which can be viewed by family and friends.  Watch out Wallace and Gromit here comes ComputerXplorers!

 

TALKING HEADS – FACIAL ANIMATION

Imagine being able to animate James Bond or Simon Cowell, make a monkey…even a potato talk or transform a photograph of yourself into a talking puppet! Well now you can with ComputerXplorers.  We will teach you the techniques you need to make any image come alive and to produce your very own animation which can then be viewed by family and friends.

For East Lothian Camps booking is via the east Lothian Council website or via the Summer Activity Brochure

For this and much, much more please see our website for further details…www.sescotland.computerxplorers.co.uk

 

ComputerXplorers and Dunbar’s Science Festival

Catch us at the Dunbar Science Festival on the Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March from 10am – 5pm.

ComputerXplorers will be running a series of workshops for primary school age children over the weekend. Try your hand at creating your own photofit using facial software used by police forces in the USA or come along and create your very own cartoon.

We will also be running drop in sessions where you can see our Lego Robots in action or try out our banana piano! Do pop past our stand and say hello.

 

 

See the festival website for more details on our workshops and for everything else that’s happening at the Dunbar Science Festival…http://dunbarscifest.org.uk

 

 

 

 

Technology Workshops with ComputerXplorers

ComputerXplorers is all about having fun with technology.  As part of our schools programme we offer a wide range of technology related workshops in everything from video games design and programming to 3D animation and lego robotics.

ComputerXplorers’ programmes help you to meet the Curriculum for Excellence standards not only in ICT but also in science, engineering, language and literacy.  We do this by providing structured lessons using leading educational technology programs to develop skills, knowledge and critical thinking.

Examples of some of the Workshops on offer:

Video Game Design and Coding

Students will learn how to program their own Video Game using Scratch. Scratch was designed to engage the imagination – encouraging children to imagine new types of stories and games and new ways of using computers.  Students learn to code and program and to select, create and manage multiple forms of media, including text, images, animation and audio recordings.

Curriculum Topics Covered:

  • Technology: programming; using software media; designing and creating a working model
  • Multimedia; working with digital artifacts; pictures; text, video and sound

Robotics and Engineering with LEGO WeDO

Using the latest Lego robotics technology to build and program amazing creatures that can move using motors, gears and wheels.  Students will learn how to program sensors to make the robot react to its surroundings.  Program robot birds to chirp, crocodiles to snap and plane engines to rev! The workshop is great fun and ideal for nurturing skills in technology, maths and engineering.

Curriculum Topics Covered:

  • Science: Working with simple machines, gears, levers, pulleys; transmission of motion
  • Technology: Programming; using software media; designing and creating a working model

For further information on our Schools Programme please see our website at www.sescotland.computerxplorers.co.uk or email Lynne at info@sescotland.computerxplorers.co.uk