A week-long winter break camp for ages 7 - 15 | Monday, February 20 - Friday, February 24

In this week-long  winter break Technology and Media Arts camp, twenty-two young people, ages 7-15, joined an amazing team of filmmakers, electronics wizards and digital arts professionals to create powerful messages. In the first half of the week, guest educators Zia Anger and Shanekia McIntosh joined us for film- and zine-making. Students began by making short instagram videos, exploring how camera angles, sequencing, and framing can shape meaning. Then, in just two days, the students worked together to design, produce, shoot, score, direct, edit, and star the amazing film, Zombie High. Watch it below! We were also thrilled to have Yvonne Thevenot join us for the second half of camp, visiting from STEM Kids NYC. Together we created a beautiful handmade quilt inscribed with messages the students wanted to express, like:  “Say No to the Wall,” “Defend our People,” “Love is Love,” “Less Fighting,” “Stop Cutting Down Trees,” “More Ice Cream,” and “Teach Us Cursive!” We stitched our messages together into a community quilt, and then brought it to life with hand-sewn soft circuits, using conductive thread and LEDs! The quilt is a visual representation of how technology can be used to amplify our voices and visions.

Camp instructors: Yvonne Thevenot, the Executive Director of STEM Kids NYC, where she trains kids to become scientists, technology professionals, and engineers; Zia Anger, filmmaker and music video director; Shanekia McIntosh, writer, creative arts programmer; and Zebi Williams, Kite’s Nest Education Director, and an artist and UX-designer.