Summer & Break Camp Program Resources
Take your first steps towards cyber stardom! In YouTube Star, campers will learn about and practice the entire process of developing and maintaining a YouTube channel. Working in pairs, campers will first get to decide on the subject, format and style of their channel. Campers will then record both real-world and screen-captured footage, edit their videos to add music and special effects, and finally upload their creations to YouTube. Be a star and learn how to create awesome videos and share your passions!
To capture both on-screen and real-life footage, we’ll be using a free video capturing software called OBS Studio, available at obsproject.com.
Campers can continue creating and editing videos at home by downloading Lightworks, available for free at www.lwks.com.
For a quick refresher on setting up OBS Studio, the video capture software used in this course, check out this tutorial video:
Be sure to check out the oldest known cat video!
Check out the YouTube channels for some of your favorite creators, and pay close attention to what they’re doing and how they’re doing it. How long are their videos? How often do they upload? What kinds of editing techniques do they use? Get inspired for your own channel!
When planning videos for your channel, it’s helpful to use a storyboard to sketch rough ideas for each shot, and take notes on what you want to say. Here’s a link to a storyboard template you can use.
Q: What is a YouTuber’s favorite Battleship piece?
A: The sub!
Q: What was the most popular dessert at YouTube’s Thanksgiving dinner?
Q: Where do YouTubers go fishing?
A: A live stream!
Roughly 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.
The oldest video of cats on YouTube dates from 1894.
On average, between 40 and 60 YouTube channels hit the 100,000 subscriber milestone each day.
Tune in to the world of audio engineering! Campers will learn about the science of sound and music as they design and build DIY drums, rubber band-jos, harmonikazoos and more!
Still curious about how musical instruments work? Check out this page from Ducksters that explains the science behind pianos, brass instruments, violins, and more!
Listen to some out of this world music! These sounds were recorded from space by NASA and come from stars, planets, gases, and more! Listen to them on NASA’s website here.
Check out DK Find Out for explanations of the science of sound including waves, volume, echoes, and more!
You can make instruments out of anything! Check out the Viennese Vegetable Orchestra’s amazing, edible instruments here:
Want to make music at home? Check out virtualpiano.net for a piano you can play with your keyboard as well as sheet music and resources to learn how to play.
Build your own Chladni plate to help visualize sound waves with salt! Instructions (and some cool video demos!) can be found here.
Make “secret bells” only you can hear! Check out this tutorial from the Exploratorium.
Q: Why is slippery ice like music?
A: If you don’t C sharp – you’ll B flat!
Q: Why did the chicken join the band?
A: He had the drumsticks!
Q: Why do pirates make great singers?
A: They can hit the high Cs!
The oldest identified musical instrument was a flute made out of bone over 42,000 years ago!
One of the largest musical instruments in the world is the earth harp. Its strings can be almost 1,000 feet long and stretch across buildings or valleys and it makes a sound like a violin!
The world’s smallest instrument is the nano-harp. It was made in a lab at Cornell University and, though it works, its tiny (50 nanometer) strings produce a sound too high pitched for our ears to hear. Even dogs can’t hear the nano-harp!
Activate your sense in the exciting world of making & experiments! Campers learn about the world around them as they design and make kinetic sand, electromagnetic slime and create all kinds of other experiences to light up their brains!
Campers have learned about the materials that they can find on our planet, listed below are some sites that can deepen their knowledge about some of the common materials we’ve learned about!
Check out Nation Geographic for some awesome information about rocks and geology!
Check out the Exploratorium for more information on materials and activities!
Q: What is a rock’s favorite cereal to eat?
A: Coco- Pebbles!
Q: What can run but can not walk?
Q: How do scientists freshen the breaths?
A: With experi-mints!
Q: How do you make a tissue dance?
A: You put a little boogie in it!
Wood, in the form of charcoal, was the first artistic medium. An example of cave art, using charred wood, at Rouffignac in France dates dates back 13,000 years.
The lightest rock is pumice, so light that it can float on water. There is a pumice island or raft floating on the ocean near Tonga. This happened after a volcanic eruption occurred in Tonga in 2006.
Silk, the “Queen of the Fibers,” is produced by silkworms. The silkworm is not really a worm at all; it is a caterpillar that spins a protective cocoon for use as a shelter while it changes from a caterpillar into a moth. This cocoon is the source of commercial silk.