Technology in Education Demo Event

digiSTORY KC will host a booth to demo our stop-motion animation program and green-screen trick photography at the Technology in Education Demo Event on September 12th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the new Missouri Innoovation Campus at 1101 NW Innovation Parkway in Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64086.  To register for this free event click on the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/technology-in-education-demo-event-tickets-36871298045


Stop-Motion Animation Session 1: Making Pictures Move

This is the first of four workshop sessions for the Stop-Motion Animation series.  This session provides hands-on learning about “key framing,”  “frame rates” and how the “persistence of vision” makes still images appear to move to the viewer.  In this session the student will construct a simple “thaumatrope,” a “flipbook” that simulates animation and he/she will view examples of animation at different frame rates.  Participants will also use digiSTORY KC’s story development model to create a storyboard.

This workshop is recommended for kids who are 9 – 16 years of age.

The cost for all four sessions is $35.00 (plus Eventbrite fees).  Here’s the full Stop-Motion Animation workshop program:

Thursday, April 6th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  1. Making Pictures Move: Participants will be able to explain how “key framing” establishes the illusion of movement. The student will construct a simple flipbook and be able to explain how animation is affected by different frame rates.

Thursday, April  13th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  1. Stop-Motion Tools: Participants will be able to use a webcam and simple lighting with a laptop to capture their stop-motion frames.  Students will also be able to use Zu3D animation software to create their stop-motion story.

Thursday, April 20th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  1. Image Capture for Stop-Motion: Students will be able to photograph the progressive movements of the characters and props in their story at a frame rate of at least 15 frames per second (fps).

Thursday, April 27th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  1. Editing & Publishing Stop-Motion: Students will be able to use the features of the animation software to edit images, add sound effects or voiceovers, and edit the video timeline.  Students will be able to add title frames to the beginning of their stories and crawling credits at the end of their stories.  When the stop-motion production piece is final, the student will be able to publish the story to digiSTORY KC’s YouTube Channel where links can be shared with family and friends.

Workshop Fee: $35.00 (plus Eventbrite fee) covers all four sessions.  (Scholarships are available for kids from families facing financial hardship).  By registering for the Session 1: Making Pictures Move session, you will automatically be registered for all four sessions.

Students who complete the stop-motion animation requirements will earn a Stop-Motion Animation badge from LRNG-KC:


Make Your Claymation Masterpiece!

Claymation is an entertaining form of animation popularized by such favorites as Gumby, Wallace and Gromit and Robot Chicken. Claymation is a fun form of stop-motion animation that kids love to create. The characters are easy to form and move. Plus, you don’t need illustration talent to create successful Claymation stories. In this workshop kids from 9 – 16 will learn basics in photography, character expression, audio capture and video editing. Participants in this hands-on workshop will work closely with one or two collaborative partners to develop a short, stop-motion Claymation story.

This workshop is recommended for kids who are 9 – 16 years of age.

The cost for all four sessions is $35.00 (plus Eventbrite fees).  Here’s the full Claymation workshop program:

Monday, March 6th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Making Pictures Move: Participants will be able to explain how “key framing” establishes the illusion of movement. The student will construct a simple flipbook and be able to explain how animation is affected by different frame rates. Participants will also use digiSTORY KC’s story development model to create a storyboard.

Tuesday, March 7th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Stop-Motion Tools: Students will be able to use Zu3D animation software to create their Claymation story. Students will work with teammates to record and add voiceovers and sound effects to their video timeline. They will then be able to use a webcam and simple lighting with a laptop to capture their Claymation images to match the audio timeline.

Wednesday, March 8th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Image Capture for Claymation: Students will be able to photograph the progressive movements of the characters and props in their story at a frame rate of at least 15 frames per second (fps).

Thursday, March 9th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Editing & Publishing Claymation: Students will be able to use the features of the animation software to edit images, add sound effects or voiceovers, and edit the video timeline.  Students will be able to add title frames to the beginning of their stories and crawling credits at the end of their stories.  When the Claymation production piece is final, the student will be able to publish the story to digiSTORY KC’s YouTube Channel where links can be shared with family and friends.

Workshop Fee: $35.00 (plus Eventbrite fee) covers all four sessions.  (Scholarships are available for kids from families facing financial hardship).  By registering for the Session 1: Making Pictures Move session, you will automatically be registered for all four sessions.

Students who complete the Claymation requirements will earn a Claymation badge from LRNG-KC:


LEGO Animation Fun!

What’s more fun for kids than playing with LEGO’s? — Bringing LEGO figures to life through stop-motion animation! Using LEGO’s StoryStarter program and ZU3D animation software, kids 7 – 12 years of age will work in teams of 2 or 3 to create animated videos that can be shared with friends and family. This three-session workshop will be held at the digiSTORY Academy at 3210 Michigan Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri.

Students who complete the stop-motion animation requirements will earn a LEGO Show Time badge from LRNG-KC.

This workshop consists of three 1.5 hour sessions:

SESSION 1: STORY CREATING

Learners will explore the fundamentals of how moving pictures are created by creating a flip book. They will then work with their team to create a 6-stage storyboard comic page that features photos of their LEGO characters in action.

Here’s a summary of what students will learn in each of the three workshop sessions:

Monday, March 20th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  1. Story Creating: Learners will explore the fundamentals of how moving pictures are created by assembling a flip book. They will then work with their team to create a 6-stage storyboard comic page that features photos of their LEGO characters in action.

Tuesday, March 21st: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  1. Story Producing: Learners will use a webcam and simple lighting with a laptop to capture stop-motion frames of their LEGO characters and story props.  Learner teams will use Zu3D animation software to create their full LEGO stop-motion story.

Thursday, March 23rd: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.   (NOTE: no Wednesday session this week)

  1. Story Sharing: Learners will add features to their LEGO story that add fun for their audiences: titles, crawling credits, word balloons, sound effects and background music. They will post their completed story to digiSTORY KC’s YouTube account where their animation can be shared with family and friends.

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Workshop Fee: $30.00 (plus Eventbrite fee) covers all three sessions.  (Scholarships are available for kids from families facing financial hardship).  By registering for the Session 1: Story Creating session, you will automatically be registered for all three sessions.


Digital Playground Meet-up (Feb 8)

What kid doesn’t like a playground? Kids love playgrounds because they offer lots of fun things to do. digiSTORY Academy is offering a chance for your child to come and enjoy a digital playground. Come and explore the fun forms of digital media tools and software we have at our digiSTORY Academy. Make a stop-motion animation using LEGOs or clay for a Claymation story. Experience fun 3D virtual reality apps using Google Cardboard viewers. Videotape yourself in front of our green screen and learn how to replace it with a cool background such as Chiefs stadium, a space scene or a tropical beach. Create a radio play and add cool sound effects to your story. Create a visually appealing presentation in Prezi. Make a fun cartoon flip book. Make your YouTube debut singing or dancing to your favorite song. Try several activities to find something that is perfect for your interests.

This meet up is available to kids from 9 – 16. Adults are encouraged to join in with their child to learn and explore together. Digital playground sessions will be held on these days in February:

  • Wednesday, February 8th 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 16th 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 23rd 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Fees:  $10.00 per person per session

$ 7.50 per person per session when registering as a team of 2 or more

Scholarships are available for kids from families facing financial hardship.  Call Ron Green (816) 804-5917 for information.

Workshops are held at the digiSTORY Academy, Suite 200, in the Connecting for Good facility at 3210 Michigan Ave., KC, MO.