Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Ratchet and Clank iconic PlayStation video game comes to the movies.

Ratchet and Clank, the iconic video game is coming to a theatre near you on April 29th, 2016.  Take a sneak peek at the movie here and you will see how fun and educational it will be for your entire family.  The movie is entertaining as well as educational.  Ratchet and Clank, the two main characters, walk us through forming new friendships, believing in ourselves and self-discovery. As these two partner up to save the galaxy, they will encounter many obstacles that they will need to overcome. Read on to find valuable resources that can help your child learn.

We attended a movie preview at the Google offices in Venice, California.  Google L.A. and Focus hosted an interactive film event for approximately one hundred students from the Downey Unified School district.  After the movie was over, the students were able to ask questions.  The panel included two game developers, movie animator, director of the movie and two voice actors (Ratchet and Clank).  The Q & A was amazing because the kids asked some amazing questions. 
ratchet and clank

After the Q& A with the panel of Ratchet and Clank experts, the audience was treated to a special introduction on animation. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math were very much present during this event.  Here, the films lead animator walked us through the process of creating Ratchet and other characters.  The kids were amazed at the entire process of animation. 
The fun continued as the audience was asked to participate in game.  The game was to design a new weapon that Ratchet and Clank would use in their next adventure.  The students were given markers and a blank piece of white cardboard to start their design.  Immediately, kids formed friendships and ideas started forming.  Soon, the kids were in teams brainstorming.  It was wonderful to watch young minds at work. 
They were given about 15 minutes to get their ideas on paper and present to the judges.  The youngest student at the event was a third grader.  Age did not matter in this competition. 
The competition was exciting!!!  The team that won made a technology glove for Ratchet to use in his next adventure.  The voice actors, the movie director and the entire panel along with Ratchet were on hand to thank the entire audience for coming to their interactive movie premiere.  The experience was incredible for all of us as well as the Downey Unified School District because we could see Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math come together in the movie. 

Bonus: Computer Science Education Resources that can help your child learn 
https://www.google.com/edu/resources/computerscience/
https://blockly-games.appspot.com/
https://littlealchemy.com/

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Disclaimer:  We were invited to a private preview of the movie. We did not receive any compensation or prizes. All thoughts and opinions are all my own. Allied Hispanic 
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