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The Smart Home Competition – June 19-23, 2017

Day 1 of the Smart Home competition could not have been more exciting! The campers met and connected with each other right away as they learned about smart home concepts and how to implement the engineering process to design their model homes. Today’s activities were all about testing housing materials to explore the best options for building their model homes. Campers formed teams and tested different wall materials, wall coatings, and window types using heat lamps to find the most effective building materials to keep a house cool. Our campers got creative as they started planning their building materials!

Day 2 of the Smart Home competition kicked off with an introduction to the “building codes” and budgets for the campers’ model homes as well as the cost of the materials that would be available for them to build with. After that, it was time to get creative! Everyone broke up into their teams and begun designing their Smart Homes. Once all the teams had developed their first draft of their blueprints, the teams began to experiment with programming the central computer that would eventually be the brains of their Smart Homes! The campers were introduced to LaunchPad coding, loops, pseudocode, and coding flowcharts. We wrapped the day up by experimenting with example codes and talking about some of the many applications of micro controllers.


Digital Art Techniques – June 5-9, 2017

Day 1 – Today was a great first day at the SEAD Academy! Our campers were very excited to learn all about the basics of photo-shop. Today, we learned color settings for both digital and printed art, “Hot Keys” of photo-shop, and other features of the program. At the end of the day, each camper worked on their own Character project and we were truly amazed by the creativity of each student. Today’s characters include portrayals of our campers, Stitch, Garfield, and a man. We’re excited to see how much the campers will learn this week!

Day 2 at our SEAD Camp was terrific! At the beginning of the day each student shared an artist whose work they enjoy and it was a fun and educational experience. In the lab, campers explored photo-shop using their new knowledge of layering modes, custom brushes to create textures, and color dynamics. Today’s assigned project was to create a “monster” and, as always, we were stunned by the imaginations and talent of our campers. Some things the campers were excited to have learned today include: how to fill in shapes with color, how to use the opacity tools, how to shade on the pads, and how to properly use the “Hot” keys that were introduced yesterday.

Day 3 of our SEAD camp was filled with patterns and textures! Our campers learned how to use Photo-shop to add artificial texture to their work and fill their designs with pre-made patterns. Our instructor taught them how to adjust the pre-made patterns to look seamless and a natural part of their designs. Each camper was challenged to add textures and patterns to their pieces. We saw lots of intriguing patterns and textures today from our campers, some examples of which are: scales, fur, and tree bark.

We are reaching the end of the week at SEAD academy so day 4 was a work day for our campers. After a brief lecture about using the photo-shop program to edit and fix photos, the campers went back to work! All of our campers are creating amazing things with their new knowledge. We’ve seen aliens, wolves, mermaids, fighters, and tank designs! We are very proud of the creativity we are seeing here at the SEAD Academy.

Our campers spent the last day of camp working on their projects. At the end of the camp each camper was able to display their work for the other campers and their parents. Each project we saw was unique and displayed the incredible talent of each camper. We are so proud of all of the campers we met this week at SEAD Academy!


The Smart Home Competition – June 19-23, 2017

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Game Design – June 26-30, 2017

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It’s All About That Glass – July 10-14, 2017

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