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


Maker Faire KC 2017 Was Great!

digiSTORY KC hosted an interactive booth at Kansas City’s Maker Faire held on June 24th & 25th at Union Station. The booth featured a live Claymation artist and lots of hands-on experiences for visitors.https://vimeo.com/223598537

 

The highlight of the exhibit was the opportunity to view artist, Jeff Daly, in action as he sculpted humorous clay characters and photographed successive changes in movement and expression in the Zu3D stop-motion animation software that we use during our workshops. Visitors could observe how these gradual changes in expression would make the character come to life as Jeff played back the frames he had captured to that point. To see the result of Jeff’s work on his bear character on day 1, click here. Jeff also created cute rabbit and bear characters and displayed them in their component pieces so that children could experience the process of creating appealing clay characters. Jeff worked as a humor writer and artist for over forty years at Hallmark Cards. He is a regular contributor to digiSTORY KC programs.

 

Kids could also create paper animation toys that illustrate how single images combine to create the illusion of movement. They could cut out and form a thaumatrope—a paper disk with a picture of a yellow monster on one side and a cage on the opposite side. When they attach a string to each side and spin the thaumatrope, the monster appears to be inside the cage. They could also create a simple flipbook. When the pages are flipped rapidly, the images combine to simulate movement.

 

Kids could also experience 3D virtual reality by viewing popular 3D VR apps through a Google Cardboard viewer.

 

Kids and grownups alike enjoyed digiSTORY’s green screen experience. They could pose against a green screen and superimpose a background that showed them in various interesting scenes. For example, couples could appear to be onstage at Dancing With the Stars, kids could appear to be getting a “Salvy splash” or they could appear next to a large pile of cash.

 

Many kids and their families visited the booth and expressed interest in learning more about digiSTORY KC and its programs. Many signed up to be added to our mailing lists so that they could be notified of upcoming classes and workshops. If you would like to be added to that list, please contact Ron Green at rgreen@digistory.org


Digital Playground Meet-up (Feb 23)

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.


Digital Playground Meet-up (Feb 16)

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.


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.