In the Motion blocks, you will find commands like "move," "turn," "point," and "go to these x and y coordinates." These will help your sprite move about the space. Look blocks can change costumes for your character, or have it speak. The sound blocks let you create and alter sound effects. The Pen tool is an aesthetic item that leaves a trail of "ink" behind a sprite as it moves. Data blocks are used for making games. Variable data blocks set certain variables to certain values. Lists hold many variables at once. I would suggest looking into tutorials using data blocks if you're interested in making games! The Event blocks are the most important. These are the headers of your blocks and they kickstart your code. Control blocks are very important as well. They allow the code to work in real time by making it wait, repeat, stop, or go on only in certain circumstances. If your characters are animated at lightning speed, you may need control blocks within it. These blocks can also be overarching, like in the example above. The sensing blocks allow characters to react based on color and distance. Operators go inside of other blocks to change circumstances. Lastly, "More Blocks," are for external operating use. It is important to pay close attention to how the blocks are formed. Some blocks can be placed inside or around others.
The best way to learn this program is to experiment! Tutorials are available for certain issues that you will come across when trying to create an animation. If you are trying to make two characters interact, you will need to either time the code perfectly or use sensing blocks. Have fun!
Makey Makey is an invention kit that turns everyday objects into a touchpad, in combination with a computer. The kit includes the circuit board, or "Makey Makey," alligator clips, and USB cables. You must use a Makey Makey online application such as the above Packman game or piano keyboard. There are many applications that can easily be found through Google. The USB cable is connected from your computer to the Makey Makey board.
Laser cutters are a relatively new technology for schools and other educational institutions. They are used for cutting various materials with a laser, which results in very precise measurements. The maker must first design a file that tells the laser cutter how to cut. Files are either in vector form, or raster form. Vector files tell the laser cutter to create an incision in the material. The arm of the laser cutter would be seen making lines as if it were drawing it. On the other hand, a raster image would tell the laser cutter to burn the image into the wood (as the maze is on the right). The laser cutter arm would be shifting back and forth, similar to the action of a printer. Raster images are created in computer programs using pixels. Vector images use vectors, which are infinite lines. They do not get blurry if zoomed in, as opposed to raster images, which get pixelated.
Use this great resource to get started:
Every laser cutter is different so be sure to read your manual to know exactly how to use it. To send your design to the printer, simply click File, Print. Then click properties to see a menu with many settings for either a vector image, raster image, or combined image. You will need to set your speed and power intervals. This is dependent on the material and type of image. Use this to know about material settings: (http://www.engraversnetwork.com/files/MVX_Laser_Settings-Guide.pdf). Make sure the laser is calibrated to an accurate starting position. You must do this by setting the X and Y coordinates. Turn X and Y off, then move the arms to the correct position and "Set Home." Once your home is set, you can click Print and the job will be sent to the printer. Then just click Go!
Laser cutters are very dangerous and therefore should be used with care. Lasers can damage objects as well as eyeballs so be careful! Use an exhaust system if able.
In the IMotion app, you can create a New Movie. Then pick your approach: time-lapse, manual, removed, or mic. Use the manual button for a classic stop motion approach. Choose the frames per second. The more frames per second, the faster your pictures play and the shorter your movie. Make sure your device is set up exactly how you want the scene to appear. Preset your characters as well. To create the movie, hit the capture button (this will take a picture). Then, move characters or props up to an inch and hit capture again. It is important to move your characters only slightly each time so that your movie appears smooth and your characters gradually move, rather than jump. Continue this to create your own story. Export your movie and share!