As winter begins we are finishing our project. Finishing and hoping to start something new 🙂
The Videogame in Scratch
Our game is going very well, and much of the game is already finished, we still have to work a little in the dialogues, in a couple of draws (our main character) and in deepen the most important aspect of the game: understanding the encoding and the organization of the project (two characteristics involving many potentialities to develop).
At first, the girls designed a fairly complex game, but as we moved forward in its construction, we realized that is not a good idea to start with something huge and complex, but instead, go step by step, building and understanding what we’re doing. It is for this reason that the game will be divided into different versions.
In our first design, the idea was to have different playable characters and scenarios to choose from (a restaurant that generates a lot of plastic [bottles] and an office where it generates a lot of paper for recycling). In our first version we will have one character (a girl) and one scenario (the restaurant).
This coming week the winter vacation begins (2 to 3 weeks of vacation), the idea is to use these weeks to finish our game and upload it to the Scratch website.
Recycling in real life
Thanks to 3 German volunteers (Lena, Nicola and Sabrina) who are working with the collective of artists “Arterias Urbanas”, the work will not stay in a videogame, and yesterday we began a project to make various objects with recycled materials like paper and bottles.
The aim is to create books and other objects, such as picture frames, ornaments or recycled paper bags. And at the same time, we want to recycle bottles, creating another objects.
Yesterday started this wonderful experience with a nice theater made by Lena, Nicola and Sabrina. Then started all the work to start recycling paper.
A few days ago I was watching the presentation of Dr Laura Hosman’s “Technology for Development: No Shortcuts”, link shared by Nick Doiron. This presentation reflects the need to integrate different elements to OLPC deployments, giving especially a base of good support to the different OLPC projects.
The idea of this experience in Santa Cruz is somehow, integrate different technology tools with another disciplines, in this case, the arts, and also try to give support for future deployments like this through local universities.