Workshop: Minecraft Modding

Monday September 15, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-8.

The staff from GameStart will show you how to build Minecraft mods in the Java programming language! Add your own material to Minecraft that occurs naturally, can be crafted into tools, and has its own unique appearance and behavior. When you’re done, you’ll have your own mod for the full, retail version of Minecraft.

Workshop: Redstone Engineering

Monday September 8, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3 - 8.

The Redstone material found in Minecraft behaves like an electric conduit, allowing players to rig up levers, buttons, and pressure plates. The staff from GameStart will teach you how to create contraptions of increasing complexity and craft clever traps and speedy transit systems while learning the fundamentals of logic.

CANCELLED: Hello World: Command Line for Kids

Thursday August 21, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-5

Due to the closing of the Downtown Library for elevator repair- this event has been cancelled.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Hello World: Command Line for Kids

Thursday July 24, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3 - 5

Want to get started with computer programming? Get to know command line basics with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Southeast Michigan Section.

This event will be repeated on Thursday, August 21 at the Downtown Library at 6 pm.

Manufacturama

Sunday August 10, 2014: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grades 3-5

Work with a team to come up with an invention idea, design a product, and then manufacture multiple copies!

This event is presented in partnership with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Southeast Michigan Section.

This event was originally scheduled for the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and has been relocated to the 4th floor of the Downtown Library.

*Please note: this workshop was originally slated to include activities with conductive paint, but will not in fact be using that particular material.

Manufacturama - NEW LOCATION

Sunday July 13, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 3-5

This event was originally scheduled for the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and has been relocated to Pittsfield Branch..

Work with a team to come up with an invention idea, design a product, and then manufacture multiple copies!

This event is presented in partnership with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Southeast Michigan Section. This event will be repeated on Sunday, August 10 at 2 pm.

Game Start Festival: Saturday, March 1st at Menlo Innovations

Curious about making games? Know any kids or teens who aspire to be future game-makers?

Local organization GameStart is throwing a party at Menlo Innovations (505 East Liberty LL500, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) on Saturday, March 1st, 10am-2pm and everyone is invited! GameStart is an organization that offers classes using games to inspire interest in art, math, science, and programming.

For their event on March 1st, they'll have games to play and give a preview of their upcoming classes for this year, including: Game Mechanics and Design, Minecraft Programming, Computer Animation, and Video Editing. Although there is a fee for many of their classes, this event is free and open to all (and particularly recommended for students in grades 3-8).

AADL will be there with a table of fun stuff, along with other guests from the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Maker Works, Backyard Brains, AHA! and the Youth Arts Alliance. Stop in to check things out and celebrate the power of interactive learning!

Later that day, 3-5pm, the GameStart staff will also be offering a no-fee class on Storytelling with Computer Animation at the downtown AADL!

Binary Keychains - NEW LOCATION

Tuesday August 12, 2014: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Grade 3 to adult

Make a cool keychain that spells your name in binary code!

Binary code is a system that computers use to interpret language and characters using only 0 and 1. For this craft, we'll convert the sequences of 0s and 1s to colored beads for an amazing keychain!

This event was originally scheduled for the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and has been relocated to the Pittsfield Branch.

Creating Video Games: Art and Animation

Saturday May 3, 2014: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for teens (grades 5 and up) and adults

Join us for a fun workshop with the GameStart staff.

Design and animate your own video game character!  Use professional video  game development software to bring your character to life inside a video game world.   No prior experience necessary.

Creating Video Games: Programming

Saturday April 26, 2014: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for adults and grade 5 and up

Dig into the world of computer programming for video games! Join us for a fun workshop with the GameStart staff! Program and play your own game using the Unity game development environment. No experience necessary!

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