Whether we like it or not, technology is here to stay. Although many of you reading this can remember a simpler time before we were all connected by the internet and handheld devices, we know that there is no putting the genie back in the bottle. We have to be a part of this world that is so naturally a part of our children’s and the girls in our troop.
Even if you are not technically inclined, you can do this badge with your troop! Ask for help from parent volunteers a high school student you may know or even the girls themselves. They know way more than we think!
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Step 1 Animate Your Own Artwork
Interestingly, this step involves an old fashioned way of drawing-creating a flip book. All you need for this step is a flip book for each girl and some regular and colored pencils.
Here is how to animate your flip book.
Another way for your troop to do this step is to use stop-action animation. Get some Legos or some blocks and have the girls take a picture and add a Lego or block, or do the opposite.
You can use this free app from Amazon to do this.
The third option for doing this step is to make a Thaumatrope, which is a disk or card with a picture on each side. Here is a video on how to make one.
Step 2 Dig Into Video Game Development
Before doing this badge, ask the girls what their favorite online game to play is. At home, do some research and see if there is an interview-printed or on YouTube, that you can share with the girls to fulfill this requirement.
Step 3 Try the Science of Amusement Park Rides
Here is the chance to have some more hands on fun. The girls can make a catapult out of household objects. Use craft pom moms instead of food just in case you wind up not finding all of the food items, but the ants do!!
Here is a website with 15 different ways kids can make their own catapults.
Here are some videos that can also teach you how kids can make a catapult.
Step 4 Create Your Own Special Effects
If you have a Mac, then have the girl take pictures and create their own special effects on them.
The girls can also make their own 3D glasses. You can find instructions, with a template and a short video, here.
Step 5 Entertainment With Acoustics
Play music for the girls. Have them hear it without covering their ears, then covering them. Give them each a piece of paper to cover their ears, and then play the music again. Go outside if you can and play the music while other noises are around.