digiSTORY KC offers four workshop opportunities for Girl Scouts through their Community Partners program. digiSTORY KC program information is available for scout leaders at this “You Schedule It” website: https://www.gsksmo.org/en/events-repository/2050/CP-digistory.html
Girl Scout troops work with digiSTORY KC to find a public place to meet for their workshop session. Most sessions are 1.5 to 2 hours in length. Most of the equipment and supplies needed for the workshop activities are provided by digiSTORY KC. All of the workshops relate to story development or the multimedia production of stories. Here is a summary of the four workshops currently available from digiSTORY KC through the Girl Scout’s Community Partners program:
How do you create a story “from scratch?” This workshop helps girls understand the key elements needed for a good story and provides prompts to help them form their stories. We show digiSTORY KC’s story model using Lion King as an example of how good stories are constructed. We also show a few entertaining clips from classic movies that illustrate how those key story requirements have worked effectively. Girls will also work in small teams to create a “storyboard” – a 6-8 frame outline of a story concept they create.
Length: 1.5 hours Cost: $5.00 per girl. Recommended for Brownies (Grades 2-3), Juniors (Grades 4-5), Cadettes (Grades 6-8)
ANIMATION: MAKING PICTURES MOVE
This session helps girls understand how all forms of animation and video are made up of individual images shown in a sequence that makes them appear to move.
The workshop provides hands-on learning about how animation works. Concepts include “key framing,” “frame rates” and how the “persistence of vision” makes still images appear to move to the viewer. In this session each girl will construct a simple “thaumatrope,” and a “flipbook” that simulates animation. The girls will view examples of animation at different frame rates and see how animators place images together to create animations.
Length: 1.0 hour Cost: $5.00 per girl. Recommended for Brownies (Grades 2-3), Juniors (Grades 4-5), Cadettes (Grades 6-8)
FUN WITH GREEN SCREEN TECHNOLOGY
This session helps girls learn how to create amazing special effects in photography using chroma key (green screen) technology. They will learn how to replace the green background of their photo or video with fun places and objects that defy reality. Photographers and video producers use this technique to replace a green background with a more interesting background or activity. This workshop starts with a lesson on the science of green screen and then shows participants how to use an app to replace the green backgrounds of their photos. Interesting backgrounds are provided by digiSTORY KC on a Google Drive folder.
Length: 1.5 – 2.0 hours Cost: $5.00 per girl. Recommended for Juniors (Grades 4-5), Cadettes (Grades 6-8), Seniors (Grades 9-10) and Ambassadors (Grades 11-12).
VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
In this workshop, digiSTORY KC works with a Girl Scout troop to create a short video clip (30 – 120 seconds long) that includes their entire troop participating in a video message they can share with others through social media. Troops plan their message and then participate in an on-site video production shoot to capture their troops talents in delivering that message. Here are some of the options Troops can consider for their troop’s video message:
- A video collage of each troop member reciting a line from the Girl Scout Promise or the Girl Scout Law
- A video of the troop singing a favorite Girl Scout song
- A video advertisement created by the troop to help with cookie sales
- A public service announcement created by the troop to support a favorite cause
This program features two sessions for the troop:
- Planning Session: in this 90-minute session the girls will brainstorm the creative video solution they will develop as a troop. They will also create a storyboard of the key elements to be captured in their video message. Girls will also start work on any creative graphics needed for the final video (e.g. background scene, images, logos, photos, titles, etc.).
- Video Shoot Session: in this one-hour session the troop’s video and audio production will be recorded under studio lights against a green screen backdrop.
The troop can also be involved in a third (optional) session in which they collaborate online with the video editor on solutions for the final edited message (e.g. background music, sound effects, backgrounds, pacing, etc.).
Length: 2.0 hours Cost: $10.00 per girl. ($5.00 each for the optional third video editing session). Recommended for Juniors (Grades 4-5), Cadettes (Grades 6-8), Seniors (Grades 9-10) and Ambassadors (Grades 11-12).
digiSTORY KC is committed to providing opportunities for girls to experience STEM activities. We are pleased to be working with the Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri on their Community Partners program.