On December 29 The Pixel Academy will set up shop in the ArtsCetera on 212 Smith Street in Brooklyn to create a 21st century digital media lab for kids. Open house ALL DAY (10am-8pm) – Instructors will be teaching classes on a range of creative technologies and answering questions about Pixel Academy and their educational programs.
Pixel Academy (founded by Mike Fischthal, former lead game designer at Nickelodeon) recently launched a funding drive on Fundable to create a more permanent space for the various technology outreach programs it conducts in the New York City area. The idea behind Pixel Academy is to give children access to technology-based learning experiences including code camps, 3-D printing workshops, and game design. Currently the Pixel Academy offers private and public workshops all over New York City in topics such as video game design, 3D printing, and Arduino fashion design.
The upcoming event in Brooklyn offers an entire day of learning, with each course costing just one cent (so bring those pennies). A full breakdown of the day's scheduled events and workshops can be found below:
Open House Sessions Include:
11:00 – 11:50am Good Morning, MakerBot
Intro to 3D Printing Object Time’s ticking until New Year's, so spend a few minutes designing your own working clock. In these fifty minutes you’ll learn how to use CAD software and the MakerBot Replicator to make the minute and hour hands for your own custom clock. All materials will be provided, including a basic clock kit. Cost: 1¢
12:00 – 12:50pm Penny For a Pick
Intro to Guitar Did Santa leave you with a shiny new guitar? Do you have one from last year collecting dust? Bring it to this workshop along with a shiny penny and the Pixel Academy will show you how to start rocking like a pro. BYO Guitar to strum along. Cost: 1¢
1:00 – 1:50pm You’re so "scene"
Intro to 3D Stop-Motion Animation It’s the Nightmare Before Christmas… after Christmas. In this workshop you’ll learn how to set up a 3D Stop-Motion rig, create a scene with depth, and capture a few frames of footage. 3D Glasses will be provided! Cost: 1¢
2:00 – 2:50pm Beat Salad
Intro to Drums Learn to play (almost) every pop, rock, and rap song ever made in the time it takes to eat dinner. Let off some steam and come bang on stuff! Cost: 1¢
4:00 – 4:50pm Fifty Minute FPS
Intro to 3D Game Design Why spend fifty bucks on an Xbox game when you can make your own for a penny? We’ll power through some advanced game design techniques using the Unity engine and after fifty minutes you’ll be able to run around a world of your own creation. Cost: 1¢
5:00 – 5:50pm Play Us Out, Keyboard Cat
Intro to Piano and GarageBand Get creative on the keyboard. In these fifty minutes we’ll give you the basics of playing the electric keyboard, connecting to GarageBand, making loops, and jamming over your own tracks. Rock star groupies not provided. Cost: 1¢
6:00 – 6:50pm BRB, App Time
Intro to iOS Game Design In these last fifty minutes you’ll learn how to start building a killer iOS game. Turn your penny into a million dollars, 99¢ at a time! Cost: 1¢