Capstone Project Resources

 Hint - you can press Control and + at the same time to make the font (words) bigger

Parrots as Pets?
http://www.avianwelfare.org/issues/articles/truenature.htm

Mount Rushmore:
http://archive.cyark.org/mount-rushmore-national-memorial-intro

English Bulldogs:  http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/dogbreeds/bulldogs.html

American Ninja Warrior
http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/730047/american-ninja-warrior-tryouts-begin-calling-all-aspiring-ninjas-for-season-5/


Animation
World Book Kids online, article called "Animation"

Mac Barnett
http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production/2010/05/17/sbbt-interview-the-mixed-up-world-of-mac-barnett/

Bats
http://youtu.be/awS_ai_-20E


Bike Maintenance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3dPRG_p_6g

Bioluminescence
http://www.sdnhm.org/archive/kids/lightsalive/biolum1.html



Boxing
World Book Advanced online, article called "Boxing"

Chinese Art
World Book Student, Article on China, go down to section on Arts  

Comics
http://www.infoplease.com/spot/comicstimeline.html

Computer Coding
http://code.org/
http://scratch.mit.edu/

 
Mars Rover "Curiosity"
 http://mars.nasa.gov/msl/


Olympic Skiing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Ski_Team#Making_the_U.S._Ski_Team 

 https://skiracing.com/stories/us-names-20-olympic-skiers/

http://ussa.org/global/olympic-team-selection-criteria-2014 




Papermaking
http://www.youtube.com/user/MoleCluesTV?feature=watch  
World Book Student, article called "Paper"

Samurai
World Book Advanced online, article called "Samurai"

Trees
http://redwoodadventures.com/ttblogs/?p=188
http://www.nps.gov/redw/faqs.htm

Trading Cards
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/trading-card-creator-30056.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-LxhldAIAc

Video Game Cheats and Codes
http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/how-to-tech/how-to-cheat-at-video-games1.htm






Computers 

World Book Kids online, article called "Computers"

World Book Student online, article called "Monitors"


http://www.howstuffworks.com/inside-computer.htm

http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/how-to-tech/build-a-computer.htm

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/monitor2.htm 

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/tablets/tablet.htm



Music

http://www.thescriptmusic.com/gb/home


http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/the-script-find-a-voice-8197973.html



Video games

http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/making-a-video-game.htm

http://www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/inside/how/index.html 
(includes information about how characters are made)

World Book Student online, article called "Electronic Game"

https://minecraft.net/

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/game-reviews/minecraft

 http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas/Games_p023.shtml Scratch


Bumblebee Hummingbirds
http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/1101/overview/Bumblebee_Hummingbird.aspx

http://www.avianweb.com/bumblebeehummingbirds.html

http://www.press.princeton.edu/birds/arlott/hummingbird/bumblebee.html


  Cold Medicines
http://kidshealth.org/kid/feel_better/things/kidmedic.html

Chemistry is All Around Us:
http://portal.acs.org/portal/PublicWebSite/education/whatischemistry/scienceforkids/articles/WPCP_011042 

Fun Chemistry Facts:
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/chemistry.html  

Airplanes
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/flight.html

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/videos/engineering/flightaerodynamics.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBPY34jCmos


Droids http://cyberneticzoo.com/?p=5660 (how the original R2-D2 was  built)

Ilya Bryzgalov

http://forecaster.thehockeynews.com/hockeynews/hockey/player.php?2252

http://russkiyhockey.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/ilya-bryzgalov/

http://www.blueseatblogs.com/2012/03/23/opponents-scouting-report-ilya-bryzgalov/


Video Game and Character Production
Here is an excerpt from an email exchange I had with a friend with some great resources for creating video and computer games and characters. -Mrs. Rankin
 
Hi Darcie,
So I’m going to send you some links that I think might be helpful. Our pipeline for creating videogame characters is very similar to how movies create characters. Since movies seems to be more PG oriented and I was having a tough time finding “friendly” videogames, I’m going to attach some examples of that in here. There are loads of books out there dealing with character creation, like “the Art of Up” or “the Art of Monsters Inc.” I have most of them, I could scan pages in if you think you need more than the links I’m going to send you.

I also liked this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkyThhIoLp8
and this one!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sc24X30nig


Since I’ve done characters myself long long time ago, I’ll give you an outline of how characters are made.

1. You determine which character you need for your game, human, animal, monster, whatever. If you say decided you needed a monster that has 4 legs and a horn, you would start drawing a bunch of ideas for what that monster would look like, this is called Concept Exploration!
http://www.world-wide-art.com/art/va/printjpgs/a/danimation/vikingssketch.jpg
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_-g-m_symLc/Tk7erMl189I/AAAAAAAAVBI/-hMbT3TEw6o/s1600/legend-of-the-boneknapper-dragon-production-art-10.jpg

2. Out of all the drawings you did, choose your favorite.
Character Study, how they move, expressions, etc
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m967xj4E7i1qdbhwwo1_1280.jpg
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ryh07DcsWoM/TQhnXpNA6mI/AAAAAAAAA-s/SQ_y95Ny1Vk/s1600/Panda%252BExpression%252BSheet.jpg

3. Then you do a character sheet of this monster. Front view drawing, side view drawing, and back drawing. Add any kind of tools, weapons, accessories they might always use. This is also usually where you add colors to the character. If you have multiple characters, also do a line-up that shows their size to one another.
Character Line-up
http://www.wallsave.com/wallpapers/1024x664/disney-bolt/142777/disney-bolt-chip-n-dale-rescue-rangers-character-study-sheet-graphics-code-142777.jpg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZPr0nDHAXY


4. Sometimes, esp in movies, not so much in videogames, you create a maquette, little clay sculpture of what your character looks like.
http://larryfire.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/4861385623_aa0c09e382_b1.jpg
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mapqeit5FL1qlh3hjo1_500.jpg

5. Now, you would create a model in 3d or 2d in the computer. Most videogame companies use Maya for this but it’s a far too difficult program for someone to pick up for a project like (I could research some programs kids could use) So just like your drawing you would either make one in photoshop with layers, like Doublefine did or in Maya you would create a virtual maquette/sculpture in the computer that can later then be animated. (Here you would have to model the character, texture it (paint color on it), rig it (put bones/skeleton in it) and then animate it.

Some details that go into making a character like creating hair and a skirt! Although this one may be a little to tech oriented.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cecx5HVtUDY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdX7S2AYisc

Hope this helps, let me know if you need more or have questions on something particular. This stuff is so familiar to me that I don’t even know what someone might have questions about. If you wanted to compile a list of questions the kids might have, I’d be very happy to answer them. Like I said, i haven’t made characters in a few years, because now I just make the lighting in games, but I used to.
Eva

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