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Scirra’s Construct 2 – 5 Mobile Games in 5 Days Challenge

I recently received an email from Scirra with a free e-book that challenges me to make 5 mobile games in 5 games using their construct 2 platform.  I accepted the challenge. I will be posting here on this blog the results.  I will also be making modifications of my own to edit it.

Here is the poster banner for the e-book and the 5 day challenge.

If you are curious, you can read about some background on Scirra and their construct platform.

The first game is a touch bubble pop game.
They supply the tutorial and the resources needed, such as images and sounds.
They also supply links to resources to where to create these resources.

Here is the first game.

STEM and STEAM education

STEM means Science, Technology, Engineering, Math.  It is an acronym that was used by the National Science Foundation in the early 2000s to describe the field of education in regards to science. It started to make headlines in 2008 and has been a topic of education since then. Schools started to adopt and gain grants for adopting STEM. Not too long ago, this realm has started to embrace the creative brother. One of the founder of STEM claims to unify both as follows: Science and Technology, interpreted through Engineering and the Arts, all based in elements of Mathematics, thus STEAM came to be.

I embrace this integration. I see the end of all the disciplines as tools for innovation, which is creativity. In my life, creativity is the joining point of technology/science and  design/communication(expression), and the reason why I was attracted to both the arts and technology.

STEAM

Steaming Stem

Here is an organization called SteamToStem

Check out the infographics on the difference between STEM and STEAM made by the University of Florida. I found it on upworthy.com

Elijah Riding A Bike and His Banana Juice – Drawing A Day

Here is a picture of Elijah on his bike, now with his helmet. He’s pretty good now. He glides with no problem. He is now safe. I got too busy to finish the drawing. This is normally how I draw my first draft, and with this, I draw it again and color on top of it.

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Elijah did something interesting that night. He wanted to make some sort of juice.  He went into the kitchen and grabbed a stainless steel bowl and filled it with water and brought it to the kitchen table.  Then he went and brought a banana, peeled it and put it into the water. He then went to get a ladle and started to stir the banana. I sat next to him fascinated.  I’m sure if mom was here, this might have stopped quickly, but I let him continue. He stirred the banana and then when and got two cups. He then poured the banana water into the cup. He gave me one and then asked me to drink it. I did. It had a faint taste of banana skin. I drank like 4 cups because he kept offering it. He drank 2. He wanted to put it in the fridge. So I told him to put it into a container with some assistance.  No spills. We then went to get ready for bed.

 

 

 

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Drawn with regular black ball point pen.

Hiking Up The Stair Mountain at Baldwin Hills – Drawing A Day

I took the kids up the mountain yesterday. Elijah was insistent on going up one for some reason. I therefore took up on his request and took them to the closest, easiest most mountain looking hill I could find. I took Annie’s camera and headed out. After my wife saw the drawing, she noted that Josie was on the wrong side. I asked her, to explain. It turns out in the picture that I had taken, Josie was on the right side of Elijah. My memory seems to have switched them.

Drawn with regular pencil and crayola color sticks