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LEGO Animation
Grades: 2-4

Build your own LEGO movie!  In LEGO Animation, campers will create their own short stop-motion animated film from start to finish. Campers will work together to storyboard, build LEGO sets and capture stop-motion animation footage with iStopMotion.  The footage will then be imported into iMovie, where campers will add sound effects, music, special effects, titles, and credits.  Finally, they will create movie posters for their projects and screen their films at the end of the week for their fellow campers.

21st Century & SEL Skill Focus: Collaboration, Empathy, Responsibility. Learn more about other skills we build through The EDMO Method.

Please note that campers work in pairs or teams and share computers. This allows for a more collaborative process, as well as more comprehensive and innovative projects. Plus, it’s more fun!

Sample Projects

Design LEGO Sets

Design LEGO Sets

Campers will design sets with a mix of LEGOs and arts and crafts supplies.

In designing their sets, campers will learn about props, backdrops and lighting.  They’ll also practice teamwork and cooperation in sharing the LEGO pieces during construction.

 

Capture iStopMotion Footage

Capture iStopMotion Footage

By moving their LEGO “actors” a little bit between each captured image, campers will create the illusion that their characters are moving and acting on their own.

Campers will learn how to use iStopMotion and the concepts of frame rate and “frames per second”.  They will also discover that the distance they move their characters between each frame determines how fast they appear to be moving in the final footage.

Editing in iMovie

Editing in iMovie

Once all the footage is captured, it is imported into iMovie where campers will add sound effects, music, special effects, titles, and credits.

Campers will learn how to trim clips and how to build the “layers” of a movie including; footage, sound and effects.

Program Partner

The Children's Creativity Museum

The Children’s Creativity Museum’s mission is to nurture the 3C’s of 21st-century skills – Creativity, Collaboration and Communication – in all youth and families. The museum transforms the way kids learn, moving from the conventional approach of play to one of invention.

What each age group will be doing

Emphasis: In addition to storyboarding, set-building, filming, and editing, our 2nd – 4th grade campers will create basic scripts for their films and record lines of dialog.

What They Learn: Our 2nd – 4th grade campers will learn all the basic steps of movie-making, including drawing storyboards, writing scripts, designing sets, capturing footage, and editing clips.As the campers work in teams to plan and create their movies, they’ll also build SEL skills like communication, respect for others, problem-solving, and teamwork.  

Sample Schedule

  • A Day in the Life...

Some kids thrive on routines and harmony. Others not so much. Good news! We’ve found the secret recipe that works for all EDMO campers!

Day/Time Click Each Activity Below to Learn More
8:00-9:00AM AM Program

During our EDMO AM Program, campers start the day listening to music, playing games and doing structured art projects. The AM Program allows campers time to engage and wake up for the day.

8:50-9:00AM Drop-Off

Be greeted by name or a high five by a professional staff member…dressed in a mermaid costume or a Viking hat. In a hurry? Pull up and we’ll open the door for you. In no rush? Park your car, come right in and shake your counselor’s fin.

9:00-9:30AM Morning Rally

Although we have a strict “No Nuts” food policy, we have also have a strict “Go Nuts” rally policy. You never know what surprises await when staff and kids take the stage for songs, skits, dress up days, and ridiculous contests.

9:30-10:30AM Game Time

Game Time is all about playing games and having some good ‘ol run-around time. During Game Time, campers will participate in organized recreation activities designed to promote teamwork, collaboration and fun physical activity.

10:30-10:50AM Snack

Active minds lead to hungry bellies! Don’t forget to pack a healthy snack for your camper every morning…with no nuts of course! Remember: If you ordered a delicious lunch, you automatically receive a healthy morning snack!

10:50-11:50AM Enrichment 1

During enrichment stations, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers are introduced to the weekly subject and concepts, learn new skills and facts, and design, create and build daily and weekly projects.

11:50AM-12:25PM Lunch

Add a delicious lunch each day. It’s a snap! Just click/check the lunch box on your enrollment form and a quality lunch will be delivered to camp daily. Rather pack your own lunch? Please just do not bring any products that contain: cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, pine nuts, walnuts or heaven forbid, the “‘Mother of All Nut Allergies”—the peanut.

12:30-1:30PM Enrichment 2

During enrichment stations, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers are introduced to the weekly subject and concepts, learn new skills and facts, and design, create and build daily and weekly projects.

1:35-2:35PM Team Time

In Team Time, we focus on team building and community. We get to know our teammates names, meet our Kimochis’ friends, create team names and cheers, and play the EDMO Vibe Game.

2:40-3:00PM Closing Rally

Our Afternoon rally ends the day in an upbeat way. This gives staff  a chance to wrap up the day, make announcements for the days to follow and give SNAPS!

3:00-3:15PM Pick-Up

Pull up or walk up, whichever you fancy. Either way we’ll make a point to let you know something special about your child’s day. Look out for our daily email from the Camp Director detailing the activities at your camp location, along with a reminder to visit EDMO At Home to see what to look forward to tomorrow and suggested activities, books, websites, museum exhibitions, and more ways to keep the curiosity going.

3:15-6:00PM PM Extended Day, PM Snack & Free Play

During our EDMO PM Program, campers are given time to have a snack and participate in some free play before the PM enrichment program begins. The PM program curriculum will follow the themes of each week in Tech and Science/Makers. See theme descriptions for specific PM theme. Parents are welcome to pick up any time between 3:15-6PM…but no later please! Our staff needs to get home too.

“My son has been coming home telling me, "Animation is awesome!" He is singing songs from camp all evening, often at quite a volume. He explained to me at dinner that for animation you "move it a little, take a picture. Move it a little, take a picture...So to move it far, you'd have to take like 1000 pictures".”
– Adrienne L., 1st Grade, Los Altos Parent