[Bf-education] Blender for kids

Monique m.dewanchand at atmind.nl
Wed Aug 12 20:58:21 CEST 2015

Hello Chuck,

Thank you for the inspirational words!
I agree, this is something that I have noticed as well. Kids want to 
tell a story, and Blender can help them.

Will keep you posted.


Op 11/08/15 om 21:40 schreef Chuck Ian Gordon:
> Hi Monique,
> I won't be able to contribute regularly but maybe I can give some 
> inspiration.
> Antoine de Saint-Exupery is quoted: "If you want to build a ship, 
> don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and 
> work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."
> I experience the deep truth in that in our teamwork, in business and 
> in everything regarding blender.
> If you give the kids a (team) task, a project of appropriate 
> difficulty that they can create with blender
> and they are enthusiastic about it, they will learn the technical 
> details with ease because they want to achieve it.
> Let's say you let them create an animated shortfilm of one minute.
> They need to come up with a story, plan the making,
> need to learn how to model, how to rig, how to animate, (to 
> composite), to render
> and to combine it and maybe cut it in the Video sequence editor.
> They will probably be very proud when they upload it to youtube.
> I think, if you create lessons about how to do every part of the project,
> they probably will suck it up quickly and surprise you with something 
> more.
> Maybe an additional kids-movie-competition on top of that might fuel 
> interest even more.
> From what I have seen so far written tutorials are good as well as 
> well done video tutorials
> that concentrate on the essence of the tasks.
> Not really for kids, but really great are the blender tutorials 
> (artisticly written and also video tutorials) of
> http://www.creativeshrimp.com/
> Compare them to many other blender tutorials and you will see the 
> difference.
> So far for my thoughts.
> Kind regards and all the best for your creation!
> Chuck
> P.S. Please keep us informed of your progress and the site we later 
> can find the stuff.
> My son is four years now. I would be glad if he could start with this 
> at 6  or 7 :-)
> On 11.08.2015 20:32, Monique wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> Past months I've been asked to give Blender workshops to kids between 8
>> and 16 years old. I searched for Blender teaching material but couldn't
>> find much. I decided to use some simple models from Blendswap and hide
>> the majority of buttons in the UI. Surprisingly this worked better than
>> expected.
>> The kids were very enthusiastic and could perform the tasks pretty well.
>> At the end I was asked how kids could continu learning Blender.
>> This motivated me to start an open website/platform in NL to teach kids
>> more on technology, especially Blender & Python. But what is a good
>> format for teaching Blender to kids?
>> Can we teach Blender to kids in a same manner as kids are thaught math
>> or grammar?
>> Are there tutorials or program lessons available for kids?
>> Is anyone working on this and willing to cooperate?
>> Kind regards,
>> Monique Dewanchand
>> At Mind
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