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

 

Scottish Youth Theatre: CfE-based Workshops for Your Nursery

Curriculum for Excellence – Nursery

Scottish Youth Theatre’s house style of highly interactive, exciting, young person centred theatre activities are enjoyed nationally throughout Scotland.

The workshops encourage a motivation for learning, instil openness to new thinking and ideas by promoting independent thinking. All participants will develop and communicate their own beliefs and views of the world; work in partnership and teams; develop their own ideas; and solve problems creatively.

Nursery Storytime (1hr)

Descriptor: Choose from one of the classic tales and let your class experience the story through lively, fast paced games, action rhymes and role play.

Sleeping Beauty, The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and The Pea, Little Red Riding Hood , The Frog Prince and The Enormous Turnip

Curriculum level: Early

Experience: ‘Inspired by a range of stimuli , I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through drama’

 

Friendship (1hr)

Descriptor: What is an ideal friend? What do you do when you fall out with your friend? Let’s think about how to solve friendship problems.

Curriculum level: Early

Experience: ‘I use drama to explore real and imaginary situations, helping me to understand my world’.

 

The Magic Key (1hr)

Descriptor: Look at the key?, look at the message and join in the story adventure. Celebrating the power of young peoples imagination the pupils will prepare for an exciting adventure in which they need to be problem solvers along the way. Who will they meet?, Where will they go?, How can they help make a happily ever after?

Curriculum level: Early

Experience: ‘I have the freedom to choose and explore how I can use my voice, movement and expression in role play and drama’

‘It was excellent…the tutor was fantastic – really loved the experience had a great time’ – Teacher, Broomloan Nursery, Glasgow

‘Thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, felt enthusiastic about using ideas in the nursery’ – Teacher, Milton Community Nursery, Glasgow

To enquire or book a Curriculum for Excellence workshop please call 0141 5523988 or email curriculum@scottishyouththeatre.org

More information: http://www.scottishyouththeatre.org/education/curriculum_for_excellence_nursery