Club Tech

Calling all Volunteers

Back2SchoolVolunteer_webslideDo you have a passion for helping? Do you love to cook? Maybe you really love sharing your interest in photography. Or you would love to help design a youth community service project. If you have a passion for youth, a passion for serving your community, and interest in helping to teach others, we need you! With the return to school, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County are calling all volunteers to come & help make our Club programs great. Open after-school Monday-Friday, from 2:45pm- 6:00pm, our Clubs serve youth ages 6-18. All programs run for 30-60 min, and fall under Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Good Character & Citizenship. We would love to include you! Contact Katelynn Sullivan at ksullivan@skagitclubs.org, or 360-419-3723 x8.

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Clubs & Burlington Library Partner in STEM Projects for Teens

DSC_0827The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County were able to have an added presence in Burlington this year, thanks to a partnership with the Burlington Library and a grant from Tesoro Corp, focusing on STEM programs. Through this funding, the Club’s Director of STEM Initiatives, John Garman, tours all the Club sites, now including La Venture & Mount Baker Middle Schools, as well as the Burlington Public Library once a week— introducing teens to new, fun & engaging projects.

 The workshops at the library included topics such as: Engineering Bridges, Coding, Digital Photography, Dissecting the Tulip, and 3D Printing. Garman worked with Librarian, Jenny Fredriksen, to come up with and implement the topic for each week. 3D Printing was definitely a hit with the teens. One week’s workshop focused on the free online programs available, like Tinkercad and Sculptris, where teens can create 3D objects for printing or rendering for animation. The following week, the participants saw their creations come to fruition as they used the 3D printer. “As open source technology becomes more and more available, it’s our local youth that take the lead on designing, implementing, and ultimately furthering future technologies as they explore their own creations and applications,” says Garman. 

In its pilot year at the Burlington Public Library the program saw more than 30 youth participate, averaging 8-10 per week. The program was to provided to teens ages 13 to 18 with after school programming, at no cost, and included a free Boys & Girls Club membership. The library will continue to run a youth program through the summer and the Boys & Girls Club will be providing a week long STEM Camp at the Burlington School District building in August. As of now, the Boys & Girls Club and the Burlington Public Library are in discussions about continuing teen programs for the following school year. Until then, the Boys & Girls Club and the Burlington Public Library will continue to provide youth and teen programs as well as resources throughout the summer.

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Anacortes Starts Skill Tech

Skill Tech

Skill Tech in Anacortes

The Anacortes Club has been spending time during Club Tech each Tuesday and Thursday to work on Skill Tech. Skill Tech is a Boys & Girls Club program focused on teaching Club members basic computer skills through animated interactive lessons. Each Club member will work through the different levels of Skill Tech 1 and 2 in order to move on to Game Tech – a program where they will learn to create their own computer game!Print

Club Tech runs each Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00-6:00pm with Education Coordinator Noah Richards. For more information on this or our other Club programs, contact Program Director Taylor Bannister at 360.588.9045 x12 or by email at taylorb@bgcskagit.org.

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BGC Week in LC

BGC Week

Take the Tour March 23rd-29th at the La Conner Club.

Come and celebrate with us! It’s National Boys & Girls Club Week,and we’ve scheduled a week of fun activities for everyone to enjoy. From events that promote physical activity to our spectacular open house, National Boys & Girls Club Week is a great time to see why great futures begin at the La Conner Club. Be sure to check out our schedule below and mark your calendar.

 
  • Monday, March 24th: Emergency Preparedness Night | From 6:00-7:30 p.m. PSE & Red Cross will be on site providing families with the tools to be prepared for emergency situations.

     

  • Tuesday, March 26th: Service to the Community Day | Club Members will have the opportunity to make birthday cards for children in hospitals and shelters. The entire Club will do a campus cleanup to help beautify the surrounding athletic fields.

     

  • Wednesday, March 27th: Family PLUS Art Night | From 6:00-7:30 p.m. come join us for a night led by our Arts Coordinator, Jeff as families can make a variety of exciting crafts.

     

  • Thursday, March 28th: Be Great, Be Active | Guiness World Record attempt for most people exercising to a fitness video within a 24-hour period in multiple locations.

     

  • Friday, March 29th: Family PLUS Movie Night | From 6:30-8:00 p.m. National Boys & Girls Club Week will conclude with a screening of Disney’s, Frozen (PG) in the La Conner School District Auditorium.
The goal of Family PLUS is to reach, support and empower local families to participate fully in their children’s lives through collaboration with community organizations like the PSE & Red Cross to provide parents and caregivers with resources. 
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To learn about our Club and how you can help celebrate National Boys & Girls Club Week, contact Club Director, Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at (360) 419-5306 or email at kdavis@bgcskagit.org
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Original Claymation Creations

Clay Tech

Youth at La Conner create their very own claymation videos

Space skunks, Super monkeys and the usual cast of characters come to life at the La Conner Boys & Girls Club. The Fine Arts & Technology Program continues to foster it’s burgeoning movie crew this week, and we have quite the junior Spielbergs in the Club.

Clay Tech

Clay Tech and other Club Tech Programming is made possible at the LC Club thanks to the generous support of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

The kids have sprouted their own movie development ideas. Utilizing partners, set design, character development, and script writing, they are producing some very entertaining stop animation films to debut at Family PLUS  Art Night in March.  Our  favorites this week were, “Dinosaur vs Dinosaur,” “Astronaut,” and, “Opportunistic Zombie,” written and directed by Logan and Aubrey. Click the video title to watch it on youtube!

Also in the Art Room this week, the younger Members enjoyed beaded bracelet making, working with pastels, and lots of fun sculpting with clay.

 The Boys & Girls Club of La Conner is excited to offer Clay Tech and other Club Tech Programs for our Members ages 6-18 thanks to the generous support of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Thank you Swinomish Indian Tribal Community for providing this valuable educational opportunity to our Members.

If you are interested in signing up your student, want to volunteer, or sit in on a Clay Tech session, please contact Club Director Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at (360) 466-3672.

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LC Open for Mid-Winter Break

Join us in celebrating National Boys & Girls Club Week.

The La Conner Boys & Girls Club will offer programing during mid-winter break from March 3rd-7th. The Club will be open every day from 12:00-6:00pm and will featured a wide array of fun and educational Targeted Programs including:

  • Club Tech: Clay tech, introduction into stop-motion animation
  • Reading Roadtrip: Members will dive into short stories from around the world while dining on the snack inspired from that story’s regional cuisine.
  •  Extreme Capture the Flag: Members will square off against Club Staff in an epic battle of cardiovascular excellence.
  • Science Club & ImageMakers: Photography Club
  • And much more!

Club Members will receive a lunch, and two snacks during these extended programming days.  
The cost for programming during mid-winter break is $50 per family for a week pass. This offer is available to all students of the La Conner School District.

For more information about mid-winter break  or other programming at the La Conner Boys & Girls Club, contact Club Director Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at (360) 466-3672 or email at kdavis@bgcskagit.org

 

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Attention Earthlings!

 

Club Tech: Clay Tech

Storyboard for the animation short “Dinosaur Zombies on the Moon!”

This week the La Conner Fine Arts & Technology Program has been continuing their hard work on set design and character development for its stop animation, future sci-fi classic, “Dinosaur Zombies on the Mooooon!”  The kids have used clay to create the cast of crazy characters and the star of our movie, “Marcus Trent.” Members have learned about story-boarding as a way to conceptualize and plan movies, and have worked in teams to develop a plot line, and various sets for this spectacular thriller.

Without giving too much away, our hero is a retired astronaut, who, after a recent UFO sighting is reactivated for one final mission to the moon to investigate this mystery! During his journey something goes catastrophically wrong with his rocketship and he is propelled out-of-control only to crash-land on the dark side… 

 

 

Have chills yet? We do!

Everybody on the movie crew has been great with learning about cooperation and working together to take a concept and turn it into reality. Teamwork has been an essential part of our movies development, and that continues to be emphasized that during the process.

“Dinosaur Zombies on the Moooooon!” is scheduled to premier at our Family PLUS Night in March to kick of National Boys & Girls Club Week. Stay tuned, and keep watching the skies…

Clay Tech

Clay Tech and other Club Tech Programming is made possible at the LC Club thanks to the generous support of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

 

The Boys & Girls Club of La Conner is excited to offer Clay Tech and other Club Tech programming for our Members ages 6-18 thanks to the generous support of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.  If you are interested in signing up your student, want to volunteer, or sit in on a Clay Tech session, please contact Club Director Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at (360)466-3672.

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Kids Create Next Masterpiece

Club Tech: Clay Tech

Art Coordinator, Jeff Mariott working with a group of Club Members on their stop-motion film,
“Dinosaur Zombies on the Moon”

This week at the La Conner Club, Members started creating their own original stop-motion film short entitled, “Dinosaur Zombies on the Moon.” The film is about an astronaut who goes to the moon for a routine check on water samples and ends up finding much more than H2O.

Arts Coordinator, Jeff Mariott walked participants through the film-making process from brainstorming plot ideas to creating an entire set with molding clay, construction paper, and a dash of imagination.  

This is all part of a new program, Clay Tech.

Clay Tech is a fun, hands-on introduction to animation for members that promotes the importance of teamwork and provides an educational, engaging and fun experience. Members work in groups to create clay characters and storyboards, and then they film and edit their own movies. Clay Tech exposes Club Members to the art and science involved in creating animation and introduces them to a variety of career options of which they may be unaware. 

The Boys & Girls Club of La Conner is excited to offer Clay Tech and other Club Tech programming for our Members ages 6-18 thanks to the generous support of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.  If you are interested in signing up your student, want to volunteer, or sit in on a Clay Tech session, please contact Club Director Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at (360)466-3672.

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Project Learn in Anacortes

Music Monday

Club Members make their own drums during Music Monday

The Anacortes Club is bursting at the seams!  There is so much activity going on during Power Hour.  Students come in to do their homework, read, or play an educational game.  On October 25th we had our first Power Hour store, where students trade in points they’ve earned by participating in Power Hour and special Project Learn Clubs, for prizes.

Speaking of special Project Learn Clubs, students can choose to participate in Monday Music, Club Tech, Math Games, Lego Club, and/or Club Zoom to help earn extra points outside of Power Hour.  In Monday Music, we are learning hands-on about sound and the way it is produced, having beginning piano lesson, or making simple musical instruments. Last week the Club’s Teen Intern, Hunter Durand, demonstrated guitar methods and played a riff that he had recently written. This week we created our own hand drums using old salt containers.

In Club Zoom we had fun with a Halloween theme for the month of October.  We made two types of slime; one with gelatin that was pretty gross looking and the other with colored glitter glue that was bouncy.  We also made shrunken heads out of apples that we carved faces in.  After carving them, they were placed in salt to help with the shrinking process.

Project Learn activities happen at the Anacortes Club daily between 4:00 and 6:00pm.

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Behind the Scenes at the Regal Summer Movie Express

Summer Movie Express

Regal Barkley 16 IMAX & RPX Cinema assistant manager gives a brief history of the theater industry.

This week during the Summer Movie Express trip, La Conner Club Members watched Racing Stripes (PG).

Afterwards, they were given a behind-the-scenes look at how the Regal Barkley 16 IMAX & RPX Cinema is run. One of the assistant managers explained how in recent years, cinemas moved from having giant film reels and an attendant working each theater’s projector to having 16  fully automated machines that control everything from the commercials we see prior to a movie being shown, to the lights being turned down. Instead of the giant reels, every movie is sent to theaters in a digital form resembling a hard drive. 

One of the coolest features Members learned is, for 3D movies, the projector lens uses a 3D amplifier. So, both the machine and viewers are using a pair of 3D glasses. 

Summer Movie Express

Regal Barkley 16 IMAX & RPX Cinema Assistant Manager is showing how the digital projectors work.

We want to send a big thank-you to managers Jamie, Tami, and the entire Regal Barkley 16 IMAX & RPX Cinema staff for working with the La Conner Club to make the summer extra special.

About Regal Entertainment Group

Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) operates the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuit in the United States, consisting of 6,558 screens in 520 theatres in 37 states and the District of Columbia as of May 24, 2012, with over 211 million attendees for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2011. Our geographically diverse circuit includes theatres in 43 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas. We operate multi-screen theatres and have an average of 12.6 screens per location, which is well above the North American motion picture exhibition industry average. We develop, acquire and operate multi-screen theatres primarily in mid-sized metropolitan markets and suburban growth areas of larger metropolitan markets throughout the United States. Additional information is available on the company’s website at www.REGmovies.com.

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