Purdom  Lindblad

  • Title / Position: College Librarian, Humanities and Digital Humanities
  • Organization: University Libraries, Virginia Tech
  • Twitter: @Purdom_L
  • Kids Track takes flight

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    Kids Tracks! 

    With 24 kids attending THATCampVA 2013, (wow!) we thought a few notes would help a smooth Camp for parents and kids.

    We will offer 2 tracks, one geared towards older kids, the other geared towards younger. The tracks, much like the rest of THATCamp, are not strict; siblings, friends, and interested kids can choose whichever track suits best.

    With such a strong showing from the under 20 set, we will need your creativity and participation. Consider taking a break from the adult track and deconstructing an old phone with some kids or participating in the kids aerial photography session. We are seeking 2-3 adults per kids session.

    As a adult volunteer, what are you signing up for? A bit of fun and hacking:

    • Minecraft, Printcraft, and game making
    • GIS Scavenger Hunt
    • MaKey MaKey Kit, Drawdio, Arduinio Hacking for Kids
    • 3D Printer
    • Deconstruction Table (P.S. We are seeking old phones, no longer working mechanical things-clocks, computers, etc. for kids to take apart.)
    • Aerial Photography
    • Outdoor Play
    • Kid Friendly Programming (alice.org)
    • Monticello-focuses session
    • Art Station
    • Board Games
    • Have a good idea for a kid-focused session? Let us know! 

    9:30 Saturday marks the Adult Planning session and a concurrent “getting to know you” kids session; 10:45 am we will schedule the pre-planned blocks for kids sessions.

    Parents, please note lunch will be provided, but afternoon snacks will be limited. 


  • Kid-Friendly THATCamp!


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    Creativity is the pulse of the digital humanities. The ‘hmmm, what will we build today?’ ethos,so well nurtured by THATCamps, may arise out of new collaborations, new questions – or new approaches to existing questions, or it is simply the delightful outcome of not quite releasing our inner children. Children, as Sir Ken Robinson reports, ask why can’t a paperclip be 200 FT tall and made of foam rubber, (or at least prototyped at 1/800th scale with a 3D printer).

    Do you, umm, your kids, want to tinker in the sandbox? Lined up so far – and as always, open to your input and suggestions – activities for the 5+ crowd:

    • Electronics disassembly workbench
    • Computer and board games (Minecraft meets 4-Square)
    • Create your own board game materials
    • Play-doh
    • 3D print Minecraft creations
    • Soft Circuit maker materials
    • GPS Scavenger Hunt

     As last year, kids are welcome to accompany parents to Friday workshops and attend all day Saturday. Pack your inner-child and all the kids and head to the kid-friendly THATCampVA 2013! Register here.

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