Summer of Making

The Library will be holding our free summer camps virtually this year. Thanks to a generous grant from Verisk Analytics to the White Plains Library Foundation we will continue with another Summer of Making. Starting on June 29th and going through August 6th, there will be 6 1-week mini-camps held on Zoom for teens in grades 7-12. Registration is required, and you must be able to attend all programs in the week you register for. This year we have Carolina Melo and Michael Brand teaching our camps.

Carolina Melo is an artist and interdisciplinary designer based in New York. She was born in Italy, raised in Colombia, and recently completed a Design and Technology MFA at Parsons School of Design. Her work focuses on finding innovative ways to address ecological and sustainability issues in the Anthropocene using art and technology.

Michael Brand is a rising sophomore at Iona College. He has the privilege of working towards a Cybersecurity Degree on a full scholarship, in addition to being part of the college’s honors program. In his spare time he enjoys training in mixed martial arts, practicing guitar and hiking in various parks within Westchester County. His overall career goal is to be on the cutting edge of the cybersecurity field by being involved with an organization innovating with quantum computers.

Carolina and Michael will be teaching programs on the basics of game development and fluency in coding languages such as Java and Python. As well as Stop motion animation, circuitry and art, and upcycling waste into useful products.

Registration will begin on Thursday, June 18 on our online calendar. There are only 10 spots available for each week so register right away. There will be materials needed for some of the workshops. Participants will be able to pick these up using our contactless curbside pickup. To register, click on the week(s) you wish to attend.

June 29-July 2: Introduction to Game Development
Students will learn the basics of how a game is made and the logic behind development. Students will be tasked with hands-on creation of games with instruction and guidance from the teacher and will be given the chance to experiment with their games.

July 6-9: Paper Circuitry
Students learn about the basics of electricity, and how to create circuits with paper and conductive tape. They are encouraged to think creatively about how the circuits can be displayed, hidden, or deliberately shown, and how to incorporate artistry in what they do. We will also learn how to make our own homemade batteries out of pennies.

July 13-6: Intro to Coding with Python
Students will be introduced to interacting with a widely used programming language and learn the basics of code development. Students will be led through various exercises and small projects to provide them with a strong foundation in coding that will assist them if they continue to pursue such an education.

July 20-23: Stop Motion Animation
Students learn about the basics of stop motion animation. We will cover different techniques to achieving a stop motion animation, while also learning how to equip ourselves through diy tools or equipment (like a makeshift tripod).

July 27-30: Intro to Coding with Java
Students will be introduced to interacting with a widely used programming language and learn the basics of code development. Students will be led through various exercises and small projects to provide them with a strong foundation in coding that will assist them if they continue to pursue such an education.

August 3-6: Paper Engineering
Students will learn about the basics of paper engineering, and the different techniques used for making pop-up. We will walk through the mechanisms necessary to replicate a pre-designed pop-up card, and then brainstorm in order to apply the learned mechanisms to create our own cards.

STEAM Afternoons: For kids entering grades 4-6
This summer the Library will be expanding our Summer of Making to include afternoon programs for kids. Thanks to a generous grant from Verisk Analytics to the White Plains Library Foundation, and in partnership with the Rye Arts Center, we will be holding five workshops this summer, two afternoons each week starting June 30th to July 30th. Workshops cover Storyboarding and Storytelling, Gesture Sculpture, Minecraft Engineering with Legos, and Sewing.

Registration will begin on Thursday, June 18 on our online calendar, for more info and to register, visit this post. There are only 10 spots available for each week so register right away. Attendance at both programs for the week you sign up for is required. There will be materials needed for some of the workshops. Participants will be able to pick these up using our contactless curbside pick up.

 

 

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