Alex Monita wrote to us about the San Pedro Boys and Girls Club in San Pedro, California, where they are successfully teaching Blender to teenagers. They are looking to expand their initiative and to do so they need Blender Teachers!
The class currently runs Monday-Thursday 4:00pm-7:00pm inside the Digital Studio portion of the San Pedro Boys and Girls Club. The Animation room is filled with 6 20" Imacs running Blender 2.4 and currently taught by Bill Q. The current students taking advantage of the program are all fairly young teens and pre-teens Like Sabastien Accardo (15) and Jeremy Diaz ( 12 ) which are pictured here working on their projects. Only months after opening the class we've already had one animation finished, one mech robot in the works, and one simple racing game to be completed among dozens of tiny projects started by other students. Our current goal is to get more teenagers involved with the program and duplicate this classroom at other Boys and Girls Club facilities around Los Angeles. I am still looking for anyone who is interested in teaching in one of these classes as our class sizes are steadily growing.
The class is broken down into three one hour sessions everyday and only one of those sessions is full, we are looking to create one teen class and two beginners classes but we are having trouble getting the word out to the right people.
The teaching gig here is paid hourly, $12 an hour to be exact. and I would like to have two or three different instructors for each hour session. I should probably also mention that since we are a part of a multimedia studio, every finished animation or render made in this class will be put together and shown on Time Warner television through a partnership we have under the Boys and Girls Club!
I was wondering how easy it is for teenagers to learn Blender. Alex comments:
Remarkably the students find blender a lot faster to learn than Flash! We bought six copies of Macromedia flash for our machines and taught that for two months. Then I introduced Blender to a couple of students that were interested in game creation. Within a week they were moving around in 3D space and utilizing all the major tools for modeling. Blenders interface just makes more sense they said. We teach blender as if it were a game, first we show them the controls, then we show them their tools, last we give them objectives like model a tree, christmas gift, dog, and so on.
I think this is an ubercool project and I love reading stuff like this! If you want to get in touch with Alex, here's his contact information:
Video Studio Director
1200 S. Cabrillo Ave.
San Pedro Ca, 90731
1 (310) 833 - 1322 ext 246