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

 

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

 

Primary and junior schools are invited to enter…

Primary and junior schools are invited to enter the Make it Happy http://makeithappy.cc4g.net competition with this year’s theme being ‘Make it Healthy’.

The aim is to reward the innovative and creative use of IT to link schools with other members of their community. The projects could reflect an interest in physical health, or emotional and mental wellbeing.

They could be confined to pupils and teachers, or they could involve parents and carers. They could even go out to the community – locally, nationally or internationally, perhaps via passing on information or by connecting with healthcare facilities.

There will be 9 regional winners across England and one winner from each of: Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales each receiving a prize of £1200. Each of these winners will be invited to a special day in London, including a trip on the London Eye, a tour of the Houses of Parliament and a special awards ceremony and tea with MPs and Peers in the Members’ Dining Room. In addition there will be overall first, second and third prizes selected from the 12 winners who will receive the following cash prizes: 1st prize – £4000; 2nd prize – £2500; and 3rd prize – £1500. The closing date for the competition is the 8th April 2012.