In April, we launched an exciting new inter-generational program here at the Delridge Community Center RecTech lab. High school seniors signed on to provide on-on-one tutoring for adults over 55 to teach them how to deal with specific areas they need help with when using their computers and the internet. Teens received community service learning hours they needed to complete before graduation, and our senior adults got some great, individualized tutoring. I asked one of our terrific teen tutors, Wes, to write something about his experience for other teens who might consider signing up to be a tutor next fall and this is what he wrote:
“I was apprehensive when I volunteered to tutor seniors at RecTech’s “Teens Tutor Seniors” program, but soon came to realize that it’s an extremely worthwhile experience for both seniors and students alike. Tutoring seemed daunting to me at first, but it turned out to come remarkably naturally and easily. I discovered the thrill of getting a complex point across, and I was forced to rethink some of the basics about the technology that seem like second nature to me.
The seniors are delightful. They are passionate about their tutelage, and they are full of interesting stories to tell. Though most of the time you spend together is spent teaching them the basics of internet tabs, Facebook messages, and folder organization, often conversations grow, and a genuine relationship is created. Depending on the senior, it can be educational (and fun) to practice their abilities in internet navigation by exploring articles or other resources.
My advice to future tutors is to be very patient, and gently remind them whenever they’ve made a mistake. Avoid the urge to take command of the mouse and do the actions for them. You should explain it to them, and then let them find it by themselves. A lot of the trouble that these seniors have comes from people rapidly accomplishing tasks on their own machines that they can’t comprehend, and it’s best to avoid it.” Pictured here is Wes tutoring Marcia.
Now is the time to download and fill out an application to one of our fabulous summer internship programs! Here’s how to find the application: Go to the Classes and Programs tab, then select Youth Development, and finally, select Student Internships. Good luck!
RecTech Youth Media Interns at Delridge CC were awarded a prize at the Museum of History and Industry’s “History Is __” Short Film Contest for the second year in a row! Interns Allison Charoni, Liban Mohamud, & Cheyenne Fenton won the Youth History Award for their stop motion film “History is Her Story.” The May 11th gala screening, awards presentation, and reception was enjoyed by all. Congratulations to the RecTech Youth Media Institute, and special thanks to Allison, Cheyenne, and Liban for their dedication and hard work!
In late May you will be able to view our short films from this year and last, along with all of the MOHAI winning films, at a kiosk in the museum’s fabulous new exhibit, “Celluloid Seattle.”
Winter quarter RecTech Youth Media Institute teens at DelridgeCC worked on creating short films that finish the statement “History Is ____” for the Museum of History and Industry’s annual short film contest. We entered one short film that was done in time to meet the contest deadline called “History is Her Story” by Allison Chaboni, Cheyenne Fenton, and Liban Mohammed. It’s a charming stop-motion film that makes an important statement about women’s place in history. Please support our filmmakers! Go to the link below, click on page 8, and vote for film 75! Before April 30, people can watch and vote for the Viewer’s Choice Award here: Direct link: http://mohai.indieflix.com/entries?p=8
Allison, Cheyenne, and Liban working on “History Is Her Story .”
In conjunction with the release of MAKERS: Women Who Make America, the KCTS9 Media Lab provided a platform for youth to tell the stories of local women who have inspired them. In partnership with several youth organizations, including the RecTech Youth Media Institute at Delridge CC, participants learned storytelling skills as well as how to shoot, produce and edit video in to tell a digital story. RecTech instructors helped with mentoring and instruction.
RecTech teens Ishwaq Dakane and Allison Chaboni each created films about women they look up to. These photos were taken at the final event at KCTS9 on April 12th where all the Young Makers screened their films. We hope to have their films up on our VIMEO site soon and will post the URL when they are ready to be viewed.
Gonzalo, Greg, and Sergio assemble pieces of Legos
RecTech Teens at South Park began building and programming a racecar using Lego Mindstorms NXT in January.For the first session, participants grouped in pairs for a quick activity called the Peanut Butter and Jelly (PB&J) Sandwich challenge. Pairs typed up directions on how to build a PB&J sandwich, and then assigned a ‘lead’ and a ‘builder.’ Their mission was to build a PB&J from start to finish–taking bread out of the bag, opening the jar of PB & J, to putting the slices together in the end. The purpose of this activity was to engage students in thinking critically when giving directions as well as to learn how to lead and be led. Although only one out of four groups built a sandwich without a hitch, everyone enjoyed PB&J sandwiches with their peers.
After completing the PB&J Sandwich Challenge, students picked out a project, arranged themselves in specific roles: ‘assembly’ (in charge of putting together pieces), ‘assembly manager’ (in charge of making sure pieces are in correct place), ‘director’ (in charge of leading assembly line with directions), and film (in charge of documenting progress). In addition to building and programming Lego Mindstorm projects, be on the look out for a short stop-motion animation film on their progress soon!
Dan, our Electrical Engineering volunteer, shows students the voltage meter
We also started offering basic electrical engineering workshops this month. Thanks to Dan, a local South Park Teen Programs volunteer, teens learned to build mini electromagnets and began to brainstorm ideas on how to build a small electric car (using household items). Next week, teens will ramp up production of these small electric cars to prepare for the mini-car race and the electric scooter rodeo sometime in March. For examples of mini-car projects, please visit: http://www.bestoutreach.com/albumtt.htm.
Allison and JJ work with Cheyenne to edit their film while Asgodom, who played the part of Bobo in their film, looks on.
RecTech Youth Media interns attended a full day “Crash Cinema” workshop at SIFF, the Seattle International Film Festival, as a way for our winter quarter teens to jump in and get hands-on experience in short film production. The teens were given prompts for their films that all participants had to use: the genre was Film Noir, one of the characters had to be named Bobo, a slice of bread was used as a prop, and everyone was required to use this line of dialogue “I’ll give you a million bucks to stop crying.”
Each group brainstormed a script in the morning, then filmed and edited it in the afternoon. Teens from all over Seattle participated and nearly filled the SIFF theater at the end of the day when we all came back together to screen the short films the teens produced.
Allison, Cheyenne, and JJ decided to edit their film in black and white and use French subtitles to add to the Film Noir atmosphere. Their film, “Larmes de Sang,” was conceived, shot, and edited in one day. You can view this impressive first effort at https://vimeo.com/rectechseattle. Please let the teens know how much you like their first film with a comment here or on our VIMEO site!
Today was the kickoff for our first youth media internship of the year at Delridge Community Center and it was a busy, productive day. We dove right in with a digital story crash workshop that gave everyone an introduction to interviewing, presenting, photography, Photoshop, MAC Photobooth, and teamwork. It was a jam packed afternoon but everyone left feeling like they’d learned a lot, got to know each other, and learned more about themselves. Great start to what looks like will be an exciting quarter with a great group of teens!
The RecTech teens at the Delridge Community Center’s YMI program spent fall quarter creating a blog/website based along similar lines as the West Seattle Blog, a local blog news site that serves as a local network for news, and the West Seattle Herald, a print and electronic newspaper. The main difference is that our Rain City Voices blog was created by and for local teens! Teen interns selected the blog title, decided what areas they wanted to focus on, and each intern took on the task of serving as the editor for one of the blog topics. The teens each created a byline, wrote articles and film reviews, interviewed people, posted photos to the site, and created videos. We are still uploading content and will continue to work on Rain City Voices throughout future internships. A link will be added to the RecTech Reach website to the RainCityVoices website and we will be making cross-posts periodically between our two sites.
We hope you will visit Rain City Voices and look at the work teens accomplished fall quarter 2012. http://raincityvoices.com/