It’s Computer Education Science Week (December 9-15), seven days dedicated to promoting computer science through education. The weeklong initiative is being supported by multiple organizations, including code.org and Digital Media Academy. The mission? Inspire kids to learn computer programming.
Cracking the Code
Why is learning computer programming so important? Computers are part of almost every aspect of our lives. Technology continues to make our lives better and it’s not going away. It’s estimated more than 1.4 million programming jobs will become available within the next 7 years. There are more of these jobs than students currently students taking computer science courses! Here are a few other stats to consider:
The Code Challenge
So what are you waiting for? Get coding! Code.org is a non-profit founded specifically to encourage kids and teens to learn to code (write computer programs). Code.org (of which DMA is a member) is supporting the week with the Hour of Code program, where kids can learn to code completing interactive programming lessons (and even physical ones that don’t require a computer) that teach the basics of computer programming.
The objective is simple: Spend an hour creating or learning code. And coding has never been more accessible. There are more programming tools to teach with and to learn from, and more programming languages than ever before.
Computers, and for that matter, computer programming, aren’t just for guys. Now girls are becoming computer programmers, too. Girls like Ruchi Sanghvi. She was the first female engineer hired at Facebook and was the main developer for Facebook’s news feed. Ruchi graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Computer Engineering.
Grace Hopper, who Google celebrated with a Google doodle, was one of the first women in computer programming. Known as “Grandma Cobol,” Hopper coined the term “debugging” (she found an actual moth in the computer) when she was working as a research fellow at Harvard on the very first computer (the Mark I), way back in 1945. She also created the COBOL programming language.
Getting Started in Programming
If you want to know where you can learn to write computer programs, you’ve come to the right place. Digital Media Academy offers programming camps for teens and programming camps for kids at universities across the U.S. and Canada. DMA can get you started programming in no time. In the meantime, check out some of the programming lessons offered by code.org – the great thing is that you don’t have to know how to program to get started!
Don’t believe us? Mrs. Hopper appeared on Late Night with David Letterman and talked about her experience programming computers. “How did you know so much about computers?” asked Letterman. “I didn’t.” Mrs. Hopper deadpanned. “It was the first one.” Get started coding today!
He spins a web any size and catches thieves just like flies. Like his old TV theme song says, “Look out! Here comes the Spider-Man.” The highly anticipated sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man, which successfully rebooted the Spider-Man movie franchise, arrives in theaters next year. Until then, fans can satisfy their thirst for all things webhead with a new official trailer that showcases spidey and his new nemesis’.
Comic Book Action
The video opens with Spider-Man free-falling over New York City in what looks like a BASE jumper’s nightmare (he has no parachute). He falls for about five seconds before attaching a web line to nearby building and then snapping into a hard swing down a busy New York City street. It’s comic book action Spider-Man fans crave and it all happens before a single explosion or battle is even seen.
The trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 not only teases the action but gives us a sneak peek at Electro, the Rhino and (possibly) a rebooted Green Goblin with the introduction of Norman Osborne. It’s the stuff of fanboy dreams. Just take a look for yourself:
The action (like any comic book blockbuster) is pumped up with awesome special effects. An Electro-burst clears Times Square. Spider-Man takes on an armored Rhino with a manhole cover while explosions surround him. Jamie Foxx, who plays Electro, has electricity running through his veins instead of blood. They’re all stunning images and make you wonder how Hollywood creates visual effects for movies.
We can’t wait to see Spider-Man in 3D IMAX and will have more info on how they created the amazing special effects for the film in future news posts.
Who would of thought you could take simple Post-It Notes and turn them into cool art? College students have been doing it for a few years now – and so has Digital Media Academy.
The concept is called “placemaking” and it means transforming a space into a unique “themed” area. DMA uses placemaking to decorate our camps and classrooms. It’s a great way to add character and customize a learning environment. Both teachers and parents who put their kids in our camp are always asking us how we do it. And while it does take some time, it’s not as hard as you think to create. Today we’ll show you to take a basic stack of Post-It Notes and turn them into a work of art:
1. Grab a Few Stacks of Post-It Notes
You’re gonna need a lot of Post-It Notes. Most office supply stores sell bricks of Post-It Notes in assorted colors. We recommend these over single packs because you can get a variety of colors at a great price.
We also highly recommend using the Post-It Note brand since they seem to stick better than other brands. Once you have your Post-It Notes, separate them out by color. You’re going to use them like a painter might use a palette of colors.
2. Find an Image You Want to Turn into Post-It Note Art
Start with a simple and basic image. You can take on more complex images once you’ve gotten the basics. 8-bit video game characters are always a good choice.
8-bit images are made up of pixels and each Post-It Note will represent a pixel. Maybe a jumping Mario or a classic retro Mega Man. (The more complicated the image, the more time it will take to make it come to life.) Once you’ve selected your image, print it out, in color.
3. Grid the Image
To make the process easier, take a ruler and draw a grid over your image, as shown here. Your image should look kind of like it was charted on graph paper.
You’re going to use this as your guide to get the various colors of Post-It Notes that you need, based on the colors seen in your printed image.
Post-It Notes come in a variety of colors but you may only find a limited range of colors at your local office supply store. You may have to compromise and select the Post-It Note color that’s closest to a particular color in the printed image.
Again, each Post-It Note represents a pixel. If you want to make your image larger, you will need four Post-It Notes for every pixel. You can also use smaller Post-It Notes to scale your image down in size.
4. Create Your Masterpiece
Using your gridded image as your guide, start placing the individual Post-It Notes on the wall or other surface (such as a window). Keep your Post-It Notes level or your art may look a bit crooked. Apply Post-It Notes until each “pixel” is in place.
Note: If you plan on applying Post-It Note art to a window and want it to be seen from the outside (such as letters or words, etc.), you will need to reverse the image, so it can be read from outside.
Put Yourself in the Picture!
Summer tech camp should be fun, creative and unforgettable—and at Digital Media Academy it is! DMA has great camp experiences for all ages including its Adventures in Art & Design camp. Young kids age 6 to 8 explore digital photography techniques while discovering the masterpieces of the great masters of modern art, like Picasso and Van Gogh. It’s a rich creative experience, and at the end of the week, kids return home with a personal art portfolio of their very own! Start planning your next summer’s learning adventure, at DMA!
Xbox One is not only Microsoft’s latest entry in the video-game console arena but it’s a bid to capture the entire living room experience. Part of Microsoft’s plan includes original content that will only be available through the Xbox One via Xbox LIVE…like an original Halo TV series that will be helmed by Steven Spielberg.
Spielberg (Jaws, Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park) will produce the new series based on Xbox’s “Halo” video-game series, working in association with 343 Studios.
“I’ve been playing games for decades. (Video game) worlds are as immersive and certainly more interactive than those portrayed on the silver screen,” Spielberg said at the Xbox One Conference in a pre-recorded interview. “For me the Halo universe is an amazing opportunity…to create something truly groundbreaking.”
Worlds of Entertainment Collide
Microsoft really does intend for the new Xbox to be a full-fledged entertainment system that can successfully deliver all types of original programming, in the same manner that Netflix original programming is shaking up the streaming-video world with exclusive series like House of Cards and Hemlock Grove.
The Halo show will be delivered as a premium service, meaning that Xbox viewers can expect to pay a monthly fee to see it. And while the show is rumored to be a live-action series, it is not the first television show based on the game. Already the award-winning Halo Forward Unto Dawn series (which can be seen on Netflix) has opened fans up to the many possibilities of the Halo universe.
As for Spielberg, who has been making movies for five decades, this also isn’t the first time he’s gotten involved with games. He helped develop the puzzle game Boom Blox with EA. Check out the preview and hear Spielberg’s own words about the project in the video below:
If you’re interested in becoming a 3D video game or character designer, the first thing you want to do is learn how to use the tools of the trade. One of those tools is ZBrush.
What is ZBrush?
ZBrush is a digital sculpting tool that lets artist paint, texture and model 3D computer objects.
ZBrush uses a proprietary “pixol” technology that captures all the information an artist needs to create character or object including color and lighting information.
How is ZBrush different from other 3D modeling tools? With ZBrush, users actually sculpt their objects like traditional artists might use clay or stone. Introduced in 1999 at SIGGRAPH by Pixologic Inc., today ZBrush is used by everyone from Electronic Arts to Disney to produce characters and objects for video games, movies and television.
Next-Gen Production Tools and Techniques
“I rely heavily on ZBrush to render anything organic in an environment,” Kevin Johnstone is a Senior Artist for Epic Games, the company behind the video game mega-hit Gears of War. “(ZBrush) give(s) most of my mechanical hard surface models a degree of weathering and damage so I can avoid making things look too manufactured or unused.” Learn how Epic Games used ZBrush to create Gears of War.
This advanced production tool is capable of producing anything from rocks to people and it does it with ease.
Learning how to use 3D modeling software like ZBrush starts by getting the right training – and those best practices are taught by DMA. It’s important to get the right start, why? Artist who pick up bad habits or workflow spend more time re-learning correct and industry standard methods.
Using Pixologic’s ZBrush and learning advanced digital painting and texture mapping with Photoshop® can help make you a professional digital artist. Knowing techniques for creating architecture, characters, creatures, vehicles and other objects are essential. Techniques for normal mapping, grunge-color maps and specularity maps are also important.
To create the incredible detail you see in the games, DMA teaches both fine art principals such as color theory, layout compositional design, form and structure, as well as other techniques to expand your understanding of the art of game design.
Stop motion animation is a filmmaking technique that has been around for years. But just what is stop motion animation?
Stop-motion is the process of animating an inanimate object like a doll or action figure. But you can animate anything using stop motion, like food or office supplies, even people!
The History of Stop-Motion
The origin of stop motion dates back to the golden age of Hollywood. The first time the technique was used was in a film called The Humpty Dumpty Circus (1897), where a toy circus and animals come to life on screen. While the technique was used periodically, it wasn’t until after animator Willis O’ Brien animated a giant gorilla in the original King Kong (1933) that stop-motion animation started to really make an impact in the world of film. It has really experienced a re-birth in the past twenty tears, thanks to movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas. (1993)
Creating Stop-Motion Today
Due to the fact stop-motion takes lots of time and effort to create—And that many studios prefer to use computers to animate characters—it’s still a popular art and filmmaking form.
Most recently, the animated films ParaNorman (2012) and Frankenweenie (2012) used stop-motion and so does the Cartoon Network hit Robot Chicken.
Of course, probably the most popular and most well-known use of stop-motion movie is in Tim Burton’s classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Chris Butler is the director of the ParaNorman, which was nominated for a Oscar. Butler’s Laika Studios is located in the small village of Hillsboro, Oregon. “People really do love this medium,” he told the Los Angeles Times, “They respect it as an art form…They understand how much of a Herculean effort it is to make these movies — the hands-on, workshop-full-of-crazy-people aspect of it.”
Making it Move
Although it’s a relatively simple process, creating stop-motion animation takes a lot of time. To do it, animators first take a single still image of the subject, then move it slightly, then take another still image, then move the subject again, then take another image…
The process continues until enough images have been captured to create motion. Then in post-production (after the images have been captured) the still images are edited together and when played back at full speed make the subject look like it’s moving.
Microsoft used “claymation,” a form of stop-motion animation to create this Xbox commercial:
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how it was created:
Becoming an Animator
Today stop-motion animation is used for movies, commercials and more. Learning how to create stop-motion animation is as simple as taking one of DMA’s animation summer camps, like hundreds of kids did this past summer.
This amazing Skittles Short film was created by a student in DMA’s animation camp:
In DMA’s animation camp you’ll learn first hand how to shoot, animate and edit a stop-motion movie using state-of-the-art technology and learn the same techniques used by professional animators to make award-winning films like The Nightmare Before Christmas. DMA only asks one thing: Remember us in your Oscar acceptance speech.
Adobe Photoshop CS6 makes photo editing easier and more intuitive. One of the reasons is the new features Photoshop offers—like the enhanced Blur Gallery, which now includes three new options: Iris Blur, Tilt-Shift Blur and Field Blur. These options are perfect for artists looking to highlight focal points in their photographs.
Getting Great Results
Each Blur Effect has it’s own purpose. For this article, we’re going to teach you how to use Field Blur specifically.
Field Blur allows us to highlight a certain focal point in the image, like a person, for example. By doing this, you bring more attention to your subject. For a portrait photographer it’s a good way to “spotlight” your subject. It’s also handy to bring a foreground object off the background.
Follow our steps and you’ll be an expert in using Photoshop’s Field Blur Effect in no time.
1. Open Your Image In the Menu Bar at the very top of the screen, select your file and open it. Your image will now appear in Photoshop’s workspace.
2. Duplicate the Image Let’s play it safe by making a copy of the image we’re about to edit. This way, if you make a mistake while editing, you’ll still have a copy of the original image.
Complete this step by using the Layers panel. (To display the Layers panel, under the Window option of the Menu, make sure there’s a check mark beside Layers, or press the F9 key.) Right click on the background layer and select Duplicate Layer. An exact copy of the image should appear above the Background layer.
3. Open the Field Blur Tool Click on the Filter option in the Menu Bar. From the Filter menu, select Blur and then the Field Blur option.
Your workspace will look slightly different with two new windows on the right side of the Photoshop screen – Blur Tools and Blur Effects.
After opening the Blur tool, the entire image will be blurred and a pin icon will display in the center of the image.
4. Understanding Pins In our image, we want to create greater emphasis on the student. But before we do that, we need to understand the functions of the pin icon.
The pin icon in the center of the image represents the strength and location of blur pixels. Blur strength can be altered in two ways:
Option A: Increase or decrease pixel value by turning the outer dial of the pin clockwise (to the right) or counterclockwise (to the left). Clockwise will increases the pixels, while counterclockwise decreases the pixels.
Option B: Increase or decrease pixel value using the Blur Tools window on the right side of the screen. Sliding the controller to the left decreases the pixels, while the right increases the pixel value.
The location of the pin is simply achieved by dragging the icon with your mouse.
5. Creating Focus Returning back to the image, the eyes will be the main focus. We begin by dragging the default pin to one of the eyes. Because the eyes should not be blurred, decrease the blur strength by dropping the pixel value to zero. Repeat the same action for the other eye by selecting the eye with your mouse. Another pin will appear. Drop the value to zero.
6. Blurring the Background To blur the background, create new pins (following the same steps) in areas that need to be blurred.
In our image, we’re using seven pins to cover the areas:
The four pins to the left of the student have been set to seven pixels, as well as the pin located on his shirt. The other background two pins (one in his hair and one near his ear) have been set to the value of two. Although we have determined the focal point of the image, the features nearest to his eyes should still be visible.
7. Finalize Your Edits
Click OK at the top of the Photoshop CS6 screen.
(Warning! Make sure these changes are what you want, because once you apply the edits they cannot be reversed. After making and saving you edits, you can only add to the image.)
If you duplicated the original image, you can simply delete the edited layer and duplicate the background image again.
If you’re unhappy with the image, simply press Cancel and your edits will not be saved. Practice makes perfect!
Becoming a Photoshop Pro
Get hands-on experience and learn how to use Adobe Photoshop CS6 and other Adobe Creative Suite products in one of Digital Media Academy’s Photography courses.
For teens thinking about a career in filmmaking, the next logical step after a summer film camp at Digital Media Academy is college. And for young adults that want to make a career in the film industry going to film school is practically mandatory.
But what school is right for you? And as technology continues to evolve, what institutions are changing with it to prepare students for future jobs in the entertainment business?
If you’re considering getting a degree in film arts or media, look no further than the United States which offers some of the best film schools in the world. From state-of-the-art IMAX digital screening rooms to media labs that would make professional video games designers envious these schools are turning out the next generation of Hollywood’s movie (and media) making elite:
University of Southern California
Why it Makes the List: The new 60,250-square foot Interactive Media Building is a state-of-the-art facility which includes a 4K digital projection theater and mixed reality lab. Production designer Alex McDowell helped create SCA’s World Building Lab and the 5D Institute. McDowell knows his stuff, he created the world’s of Minority Report and Man of Steel.
Alumni: George Lucas, Ron Howard, Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) and writer Chris Terrio (Argo).
Tuition: $45,602 undergraduate; $71,896 two-year master’s; $84,968 three-year master’s
The 5D Institute knows the science of building fictional transmedia worlds.
New York University
Why it Makes the List: Oliver Stone took classes taught by Martin Scorsese (or “Marty” as he was called back then) at NYU. Today, the school still boasts many seasoned instructors who share an almost unreal passion for making movies. Another interesting fact? NYU’s alma maters hold more spots on the 500 best films of all time than any other school.
Alumni: Oliver Stone, Joel Coen, Charlie Kaufman, Ang Lee
Tuition: $49,237 undergraduate; $50,632 graduate
University of California, Los Angeles
Why it Makes the List:If you’re interested in the craft of movie-making UCLA has you covered. Located in the heart of Westwood (the home of Hollywood’s Golden Age), UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television has an impressive curriculum that covers writing, directing, acting, producing, cinematography, costume and production design. In a recent Hollywood Reporter survey of the school, .
Alumni: Francis Ford Coppola, Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger), Alexander Payne, Jack Black, Shane Black, Tim Robbins and Star Trek actor George Takei
Tuition: $23,748 to $29,295 undergraduate ($46,626 to $52,173 out-of-state); $15,288 graduate ($30,390 out-of-state)
California Institute of the Arts
Why it Makes the List: Considered “one of the finest art schools on the West Coast,” and called “the Harvard Business School of Animation,” CalArts as it has come to be known was founded by Walt Disney in the 1960′s. The school has helped foster the talents of some of Disney’s Nine Old Men, including the influential Disney artist, Mary Blair. The school has also been the incubator for many, many Hollywood talents, a recent estimate claims that films by CalArts alums have grossed more than $25 billion.
Alumni: Brad Bird, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Tim Burton, James Mangold
Tuition: $39,976 undergraduate
Why it Makes the List: Columbia prepares students for Hollywood in a variety of ways, not only do they learn filmmaking skills here, but business and entrepreneurial skills too. An extensive film and television program lets students get the education they need to meet the ever evolving world of media and its changing distribution system. The university’s Manhattan campus will get a $5 million screening room in 2016, until then students screen their movies at Columbia’s film festival, held at Lincoln Center. Past alumnus are Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winners—and regulars at the Cannes, Tribeca and Sundance film festivals.
Alumni: Greg Mottola (Superbad), writers Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph), Simon Kinberg (This Means War) and Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph).
Tuition: MFA $51,674 a year for first two years; $4,268 for third year
Loyola Marymount University
Why it Makes the List: Want a job at 20th Century Fox, DreamWorks or Disney? LMU’s School of Film and Television will help you land it, in fact about one-third of LMU’s arts students get internships at those and 400 other entertainment companies thanks to the school. A recent $1 million grant from the Walter Lantz Foundation (Lantz created Woody Woodpecker) helped LMU’s animation department reach the top 20 animation schools.
Alumni: Barbara Broccoli, director Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games), writer-producer David Mirkin (The Simpsons)
Tuition: $37,605 undergraduate; $1,020 per unit graduate
University of Texas, Austin
Why it Makes the List: Situated in the heart of “Hollywood Southwest,” UT’s Radio, Television & Film program has really built a name for itself in the past ten years—but Austin’s connection to Hollywood doesn’t end with its nickname. Each semester, 45 UTA students actually go to UTA’s Hollywood location for its UTLA program. Austin is considered the artistic capital of Texas (as well as the actual one), and has long churned out film fans. The local Paramount and highly influential indie Alamo Drafthouse theaters have seen almost as many premieres as Hollywood.
Alumni: Matthew McConaughey, Arrested Development director Lev Spiro, writer-director Michael Zinberg (The Bob Newhart Show, Quantum Leap)
Tuition: $9,664 undergraduate ($33,348 out-of-state)
Why it Makes the List: BU has continued to break down the educational boundaries by changing with the times. Recently BU hosted graduates in its Media Ventures program at the Los Angeles campus for Pitchfest, where grads got a chance to show HBO, Yahoo and AOL how they could
Alumni: Producer Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland), producer Debbie Liebling (Comedy Central/South Park)
Tuition: $43,970 graduate
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Why it Makes the List: Celebrating its 20th year, UNCSA School of Filmmaking resembles a small independent studio lot. The school takes pride in developing its program and is currently enjoying new two media buildings that house classes for Animation/Production Design and Gaming. And with faculty that includes Hollywood talent like animator Stephen Baker (Lilo & Stitch) and Patrick Read Johnson (Dragonheart exec producer), students get real-world experience from Pros. Past grads have represented at Sundance and other major film festivals as well.
Alumni: Writer Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim), director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express), director Jeff Nichols (Mud)
Tuition: $8,271 undergraduate ($21,416 out-of-state)
Why it Makes the List: John Logan, a multiple Oscar nominee, is penning the next James Bond film. Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld, a 14-time Emmy nominee) is starring in Veep. Meanwhile, Stephen Colbert anchors Comedy Central’s faux news program that bears his name, The Colbert Report. What do they all have in common? They all got their start at Northwestern, where the Radio-Television-Film program is part of the School of Communication.
Tucked away in the town of Evanston, Illinois, Northwestern may be off the beaten path, but it’s a starting point for many of L.A. and New York’s talent—and graduates from Northwestern look out for each other as alumni become members of Northwestern University Entertainment Alliance (NUEA), aka “the Purple Mafia.”
Alumni: Stephen Colbert, Sherry Lansing, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Zach Braff, Warren Beatty, Seth Meyers
Tuition: $45,120 undergraduate; $39,000 MFA screenwriting
Why it Makes the List: Stanford’s D School is a state-of-the-art creative and innovation lab, while Stanford’s Documentary Film & Video program is considered the best in the country. The comprehensive two-year documentary program teaches students everything from developing a proposal and script to research, preproduction, shooting and editing. At the end of the program students have three films, plus a fourth they co-direct and credits on other students’ projects.
Alumni: Director/cinematographer Jon Shenk, producer Richard Berge, producer Bonni Cohen
Tuition: $40,050 graduate
From Film Camp to Hollywood
A four year film school can help you get a job in the television or film business—And there’s no better time than now to think about your career and making plans to follow your dreams. If you spent your summer at a film camp, like Digital Media Academy and want more, DMA invites you back: Teens 15 years and up can take any one of DMA’s Pro Series courses, which include film production certification.
Having a finished film (which you made at DMA) on your college application can help you get into the film school of your choice. DMA’s film instructors have also helped by writing letters of recommendation for past students.
Digital Media Academy is focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. In fact, STEM is the foundation of almost every tech camp DMA offers.
We (like many top educators) believe that STEM learning and STEM jobs are the future for our youth, and getting valuable STEM education—or sparking an interest in it early—can make a life-changing difference in a persons life.
Science is Super!
The USA Science & Engineering Festival is an organization focused on re-invigorating interest in STEM. As part of that effort, the organization is championing an online petition to make the last week in April National Science Week.
The resolution, called H. Res. 276, was introduced by Rep. Randy Hultren and Rep. Joseph Kennedy and will be voted on later this session. DMA is supporting the effort and hope you will too. You can sign the National Science Week petition here.
Help build awareness and support for the legislation, by signing the petition and spreading the news. Besides that, science is awesome, why not support it?
Getting Hands-on with Science & Engineering
There are plenty of ways to expose your kids to science. The USA Science & Engineering Festival takes place in Washington, DC April 26 & 27th in 2014 and presents exciting, educational and entertaining science in a festival environment. DMA’s Science & Engineering camps take place throughout the summer at DMA’s prestigious university locations like Harvard and George Washington University.
Inspire a future robotics engineer or scientist by investing in 21st-century science skills!
Digital Media Academy’s Adventures in Robotics camp at Stanford University was recently featured in a story by the Associated Press.
AP stopped by DMA’s Stanford University location to talk to campers and staffers about the new LEGO® Mindstorm EV-3 robot and how Silicon Valley has always had a love for LEGO® robots. AP interviewed several campers about what they liked about the robotics camp. As one camper put it, “You feel like an engineer with all the programming and building.”
Building a Future
The Stanford robotics camp is a unique mix of kids. Some kids already know they want to be robot engineers, while others are just looking for fun and inspiration. DMA’s robotics camp challenges both of these groups of campers with problem solving and building.
Working alone and in teams, kids build, program and then complete challenges with their robots. Digital Media Academy is proud to offer such a unique program to kids in association with LEGO®.
The New LEGO® Robot: EV3
DMA had three of the new EV3 kits on hand to give kids a first look at the amazing robots. With more than 600 awesome pieces, the new LEGO® Mindstorms EV3 takes robotics to the next level. Built on the existing LEGO® Mindstorms platform, the new LEGO® EV3 kit offers the same great ways to build along with some incredible new options. DMA will be using the new EV3 kits for robotics camps starting in Summer 2014.
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