Monthly Archives: August 2012

Using HyperStudio 5: to make a Game

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Well I have been busy for the last couple of months

making a game for the VIC, Science Talent Search 2012.

It is called ‘Planet Savers – Climate Change’.

How did I do this you may well ask?

I made this with an amazing piece of multimedia software called HyperStudio 5.

With this I made:

~ clever animations~

Some mini-games including:

~a memory match game~

~ a jigsaw puzzle~

~an I spy game~

~a maze game~

And

~a quiz~

AND IT WAS ALL SOOO EASY!!!

Most of it was done by just pointing, clicking, drawing and dragging and dropping into an editor.

I didn’t need to learn programming before I used this– it was all behind the scenes.

Text and pictures were easy to add in.

Here are some pics of my artwork created in HyperStudio.

(Some of the clipart used was from Dorling Kindersley Multimedia

Climate Change CD Rom and others from HyperStudio).

Some were my own drawings on the computer and hand drawings.

HyperStudio is great for schoolwork and art or projects of any type.

You can even make green screen videos…

hmmm – perhaps another project for me later down the track.

I would like to also thank my mum and Roger Wagner –

the creator of this program for assisting me with the technical aspects

of the game making and scoring in particular.

HyperStudio Recommended age: 5yrs+.

(Although best for middle school and higher grade kids, younger kids

can do simple things like animations easily).

To find out more about HyperStudio see

http://www.rogerwagner.com/hs/testdrive/Welcome_Page.html.

You can get a free 30 day trial to test it out. Also if your school has it

– let the Software MacKiev people know before

you buy it to get a special discount on the software.

PS. When the game is available online I will update this post so stay tuned…..

 

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The Lady and The Unicorn exhibition and Weaving a Myth workshop

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The meeting of poetry and tapestry!

I went to an exhibition “The Lady and the Unicorn” with Etchings by Melbourne artist Arthur Boyd based on interpretations of the words of poet Peter Porter on 13th July 2012. The poems are based on a historical fiction novel about French tapestries featuring a beautiful lady and a unicorn. It is about a love story and mythical tale about a lady and a unicorn who love each other but find it hard to be together. This exhibition comes from NSW – The Bundanon Trust.

The story was explained (kid’s version poetry) by artist and Bundanon Trust Education Manager – Mary Preece.

Arthur Boyd’s art from activity booklet from Bundanon Trust.

Mum found it interesting that there was a picture incorporating Noah’s Ark as well into the poetry of the story.

I also did an activity booklet provided to learn about the story, see my pictures below.

The trapped unicorn in a cage.

However, in the end in this poetry version they do go to heaven and are together for eternity.

This is my interpretation of some of the story – my poem.

The Lady and the Unicorn

 

There once was a unicorn,

With a glamorous horn,

With an enemy king,

Who was really thinking,

how to catch the animal for his zoo..

The unicorn fell in love,

With a lady wearing white like a dove,

But the unicorn was betrayed,

On a very, very fateful day,

By the lady.

At the lady’s wedding,

She found herself weeping,

For the unicorn was gone forever,

But the unicorn came back,

And they went to heaven together.

And they lived there for eternity

I also went to the workshop run by Mary Preece – “Weaving a Myth” – where I weaved some beautiful artwork. A tapestry to be precise – see pictures below.

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It was a challenge for me trying to find the right ribbon and right side of the fabric, and to place them in an interesting way in the frame. I enjoyed the weaving because when I finished my work it looked fantastic!!

Recommended age: 9-12yrs.