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OctoStudio

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Welcome to PLIX OctoStudio! Bring the physical world into interactive stories, animations, and games on mobile devices with easy on-the-go creative coding.

🥰 Ages 8+ 🕐 1–1.5 Hours 👩‍👧‍👦 up to 10 Participants 🍎 1–2 Facilitators 🎨 Craft Materials

Whether you are new to block-based coding, or are a whiz at Scratch, OctoStudio is a playful app that (sneakily) introduces the principles of programming to ages 8+ while having fun.

What We ❤️ About This Activity

By exploring ways to bring themselves into a project through voice or images, learners can begin telling a story or creating a game. Craft materials can be used to extend the activity into the physical world. This is a great way for young people (of all ages!) to see themselves represented in code.

Workshop Prompts & Gallery

Create a View
Create a View (like curtains, windows, or picture frames): PLIX Ambassador Emily Hutchinson giggled a lot creating this dancing diva OctoStudio project, with paper curtains to add extra fun.

Connect the Digital with the Physical World:
Connect the Digital with the Physical World: This silly adventure of a little crab includes a photo from PLIX Ambassador Jean Daley’s library aquarium!
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Prompts from PLIX

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Expand Your Story Expand on the stories in your life to make everyday experiences more adventurous, or make the impossible possible in OctoStudio!
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Connect the Digital with the Physical World! Create OctoStudio projects that hides or blends into the physical world, as an element of surprise, or as a part of a larger craft project!

PLIX Community Remixes

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Microscopic World Adventures remix by the PLIX Team
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Check out more examples and experiences from other librarians on the PLIX Forum OctoStudio space

PLIX Community Book Connections

Press Here by Hervé Tullet—the perfect story to pair with a project that's activated by a tap! Recommended by the Tinkering Studio. Ages 5+

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External Resources

Check out these OctoStudio explorations by the Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium!

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Play with Patterns Dive into surprising ways to experiment with patterns, symmetry, and repetition.

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Bring a Book to Life Use stories, scenes, and characters as inspiration for your projects!

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Making Faces Arrange materials to make portraits and animate them with code.

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Hack a Magazine Hide coded surprises inside the pages of a magazine.

Materials

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Supply Kit

Cut & assembled PLIX OctoStudio zines 1 per participant
Pipe cleaners
Cardstock
Popsicle sticks
Decorative scissors
Canary cardboard cutter cut along curves in cardboard to create a frame for your device
Donut magnets hold near the front-facing camera or center of the back (on iPhone) to activate the magnet
Acrylic mirrors tape them together to play with kaleidoscope effects
Aluminum foil use it to touch the screen on your device
Mini Playdoh use it to touch the screen on your device
A toy/doll/figurine to bring to life in OctoStudio

Zine

Zine ↓

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PLIX zines are a supplementary resource for patrons and librarians to refer to. Use this guide to cut and assemble them on 8.5x11" paper.

Remixable Zine ↓

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Love our zine, but it doesn’t fit your adaptation of the activity? Remix our zine with this Google Slides template!

Spark Cards ↓

PLIX_OctoStudio_Spark_Cards.pdf2697.6KB

Facilitation

Playtest and Plan

  1. Choose one of our prompts, or come up with a prompt that suits your library community. Our activity guides are for getting you started—feel free to change or create new design elements to suit your local community! All PLIX activity guides are designed for a minimum of 1–2 facilitators
  2. Gather materials and print out the zine.
  3. Make an example project. Try it out with friends and colleagues. Thoughtfully incomplete, good examples feature a variety of approaches and starting points. Use them to inspire learners to make something uniquely their own. Guide to Making Activity Examples
  4. Try the activity with your patrons. Set a date and time. Easily promote your workshop with our editable OctoStudio flyer template
  5. Populate your workshop space with diverse example projects. Create and play together!
  6. Reflect on what you’ve done and consider doing a remix!
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Share the love—Did you come up with your own prompt? We’d love to hear from you! Share your ideas on the PLIX Forum or via our PLIX Remix report form.

Facilitation Tips

This activity is designed to invite learners of all backgrounds into tinkering with circuits and electronics. The materials used in this activity are intentionally low-cost and friendly to encourage participants to try new things, mess around, make mistakes, and experiment. When facilitating this activity, we encourage you to support this tinkering mindset!

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🥔 Play hot potato

Every few minutes, switch who works on the project, adding new surprises each time!

👩‍✈️ Co-pilot a project

While one person adds blocks to the project, the other person makes suggestions for fun blocks to try out!

🧩 Play together like a jigsaw puzzle

Work on different parts of your idea, then reconnect! Try something with craft materials when the other person is on the device.

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Dive deeper into creative learning facilitation with our Self-Guided Mini Course. It’ll also help you get started running your first PLIX workshop.

What We ❤️ About This Activity

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Share the love—Did you come up with your own prompt? We’d love to hear from you! Share your ideas on the PLIX Forum or via our PLIX Remix report form.

About PLIX OctoStudio

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