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2012-13 Projects


The 2012-13 academic year has been a big year for Technology Volunteers. As well as volunteering in schools in the local area, we have also been fortunate enough to complete two international projects: exploring sensors and creative arts through collaboration with the Eleanor Roosevelt High School in New York, and attending the first European Scratch Conference in Barcelona.



Eleanor Roosevelt High School - New York

Project Overview:

The aim of this project was to develop a collaborative partnership with Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ERHS) in New York, to enrich the delivery of both the school’s animation course and the Technology Volunteer’s workshops. During the 2012 Scratch@MIT conference Susan Ettenheim, and her students, attended the Technology Volunteers workshop - Sensing Our World. Susan was particularly interested in integrating the workshop into her current lessons and further exploring the use of physical interfaces with her animation class. She offered to host a visit to New York, if the Technology Volunteers could source the funding to travel. As well as introducing Susan’s students to our workshops, and the new resources that had been created since the 2012 conference, we also felt the trip would help foster further opportunities for Warwick students. We hoped the trip would help us improve our resources and teaching techniques and enable us to tailor our workshops to a wider audience by introducing more creative activities. The trip also highlighted opportunities for Warwick to foster further connections with NYU as Susan had links to the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). We also hoped the collaboration and international trip would give us something valuable to share at the European Scratch Conference which was planned for July 2013.

Reports:

IATL Student as Producer Report: Exploration of physical interfaces, control and sensor applications with creative arts students in New York. ((PDF Document))

Photos:

 

Videos:

<-- Technology Volunteers in New York

 Click here to view this video on YouTube

 Click here to download a copy ((Video clip))

 This video was created by Sam using clips from Susan's videos and Tom's videos.



European Scratch Conference - Barcelona

Project Overview:

The 2013 conference was the first European Scratch conference and over 200 people travelled from around the world to attend. The conference was attended by the Scratch team from MIT and a number of well-known members of the Scratch community. As well as attending a variety of presentations and workshops, we also planned and delivered three sessions of our own:

  • Connecting Our World (Workshop)
  • Homemade Sensors - Ignite Style! (Ignite Presentation)
  • An Exploration of Scratch Sensors with Creative Arts Students in New York (Presentation)

Photos: Connecting Our World (Featuring the homemade sensors - tiltometer, dancemat, Box it! 2.0, hit-a-button and more)

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           Video: Homemade Sensors - Ignite Style! (We're 28:30 minutes in)

          Photos: An Exploration of Scratch Sensors with Creative Arts Students in New York

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              Reports:

              IATL Student as Producer Report: Exploration of physical interfaces, control and sensor applications with creative arts students in New York. ((PDF Document))

              Photos:

               

              Videos:

              <-- Making 'Makey Makey' History

              This video was produced by the conference organisers

               Click here to view this video on YouTube

               Click here to download a copy ((Video clip))

              <-- Scratch Conference Barcelona 2013

              This video was produced by the conference organisers

               Click here to view this video on YouTube

               Click here to download a copy ((Video clip))



              A Big Thank You!

              Neither of these projects would have been possible without the kind support of the project sponsors. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following organisations for their support: