The prospect of delivering lesson 14, animation and holders, found Geovany bubbling over with excitement. “Yesterday was hard,” he stated. “We’ll probably have to go back over a lot of the startOver script stuff, variables and all, again and again. But today’s going to be easy.” I was impressed by his enthusiasm.

He began by talking about cartoons and the amazing Walt Disney. The children were calling out names of cartoons they have seen and enjoyed. Geovany showed them a sample animation of a ball bouncing over its shadow and the children were entranced. “This is what we’re going to do today,” Geovany bellowed. “Let’s get started.”

It was apparent that Geovany had prepared long and hard the night before. He had created his own version of Seymour, a house, and a sun. “I just wanted to be sure to get it all right,” he said. The children’s eyes were all affixed on his screen as he walked them through the process of first animating his sun. He duplicated it and pulled down the holder that he resized, teaching the children the steps, and snapped the duplicate in place. He then duplicated the duplicate another 2 times and snapped the clones into the holder. He demonstrated both using the eraser tool and the paintbrush to make changes. After taking them through the scripting process, he took a moment for effect, drawing a deep breathe, and pressed go. The children ooh-ed and aah-ed and Geovany gushed with pleasure.

Covering all bases Geovany next animated his Seymour making him grow by duplicating him twice and making changes to the second duplicate before cloning it again to show that this was a more efficient process in some instances. Proudly he set the children loose to work on animations of their own.

Wendy continues to be a wonder. She’s able to grasp complex concepts with ease and in no time had produced an elegant fluttering butterfly. She then lent her understanding to several of her peers who were seated near to her. After sharing her skills she went on to animate a bird and a flower.

Aaron produced plumes of smoke from the hood of his truck. Ivone made stars that flashed neon and grew. Daisy had a flower that smiled and frowned. Some, like Luis, began adding sound to their animations. He had a football that deflated and went “splat”.

All of the mentors kept busy throughout this exercise being called on for guidance again and again in navigating scripting issues. There were some glitches here and there and two computers needed to be restarted. Juan quickly remembered the “bug” conversation from the day before and acknowledged that this was “one of them”.

The children shared their animations with the group as they succeeded in creating one. The entire class was animated as well. As we began to wind down for the day there was still chatter about what they were going to animate next. Marcial and I passed watermelon slices all around to more smiles and thank you’s.

The only disappointment came when I said see you on Monday and several children queried – “What about class tomorrow?” David told them to enjoy their weekend saying he had work to do to get ready for Monday when he’ll be leading the class. “I could use the extra day to prepare,” he quipped to giggles as the children rode off on their bikes.

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