Animation software used by Studio Ghibli will soon be free.

Toonz Ghibli Edition used by legendary Japanese filmmakers like Hayao Miyazaki is going open-source, making it free to use by studios and novice animators alike. You may not have heard of Toonz animation software, but you’ve no doubt seen work it was used in: Studio Ghibli films like Spirited Away and Tale of the Princess Kaguya (below), or the animated series Futurama.

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Exciting things!

New in the Lab we have several Arduino kits – Talk to me if you have completed Javascript and want to have a go at microcontroller programming. Find out more about Arduino here:

There is also a chance for a collaboration project with the SHS dance classes doing projection mapping with a Kinect sensor. Have a look at these videos to see what I am talking about:

New Course – Cybersecurity

Presenting a new course option for next year – Cybersecurity 1A. If you are interested, make sure to write it on your course selection form for next year!

Introduction to Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity refers to the people, products, and processes that protect electronic data from those with malicious intent. This course will  discuss the concepts of cybersecurity including what it is, why it is important, and some of the products and processes you can use to secure data. Also covered are the opportunities within this growing field. This course is intended to make you aware of the global need for cybersecurity and the advancements in this industry. This course is intended for individuals who have a basic understanding of computer networking concepts.


Learn To Code Games

Here are some links to some cool sites that teach coding through gaming. Give  them a try!

Dr. Who:

Code Combat:

SpaceChem: (free demo, $10 on Steam)

Codemancer: (coming August 2015)

Machineers: (free demo)