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Grades 6-8

Morning Session 9:00AM - Noon

Creating Computer Animations (Beginners) - Instructors: Stefan Brandle & Jonathan Geisler

Children will learn how to create computer animations and share their creations on the web. We will use Scratch, a programming language developed specifically for teaching children how to create stories, animations, games, and more. Participants will enhance their computational and mathematical skills, while having fun practicing creativity, logical and systematic reasoning, as well as collaboration and communication. They will move to a higher level of preparation for succeeding in the information age.

The children will spend most of the time each day working on developing animations. As new ideas are introduced, the students will integrate them into their existing animations or will start new projects to master the ideas. When projects are completed, the participants will do demonstrations for each other and then will upload their projects to the Scratch video gallery of over 3,100,000 projects. It’s a safe YouTube-like site at MIT for children to display their animations. See scratch.mit.edu for examples.

Afternoon Session 1:00 - 4:00PM

Developing RoboCup Soccer Simulation Players (Advanced) - Instructors: Stefan Brandle & Jonathan Geisler 

Participants will learn how to create virtual 2-dimension soccer robots using the Python programming language in a RoboCup Soccer environment. The focus is on modeling intelligent behavior that includes team strategy. For more about RoboCupSoccer simulation, see www.robocup.org/robocup-soccer/simulation/. Previous experience doing some type of programming (Python, C++, Java, VisualBasic, etc.) is necessary.

Musical Theatre Workshop - Instructor: Julie Lyn Barber

Through theatre games and improvisation, students will explore music and theatre performance, as a means of communication and storytelling, in a safe, supportive environment.  Based in the work of Viola Spolin (TheatreSports) and Ann Balz (OperaWorks), students will participate in group games that encourage creativity, enhance communication skills and build self-confidence through artistic expression and teamwork.  Students will develop their own material and help each other develop characters, scenes and songs.  Neither previous experience nor music-reading skills are required.

On Stage with Shakespeare - Instructor: Allison Gill

Students will explore the life and times of William Shakespeare.  They will research Elizabethan England and Shakespeare to gain background knowledge before reading and acting segments one of his plays.  Students will rap Shakespeare’s life, create character profiles, and make costumes/props, among other activities.