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Children’s Museum partners with eBash to offer video game creation camp during Fall Break

Children’s Museum partners with eBash to offer video game creation camp during Fall Break

Project Spark promo artEver had an idea to create your own video game? Wonder what it takes to make it happen? Join the Terre Haute Children’s Museum and eBash Video Game Centers for Project Spark Camp on Friday, Oct. 10, or Monday, Oct. 13. The camp, designed for kids ages 10 to 14, is sponsored by Duke Energy.

During the one-day camps, eBash instructors will show kids how to make their ideas come to life with a new software program called Project Spark – a program that quickly allows players to create and creators to play, providing a starting point to understand game creation technology.

Once they understand the basics of the program, campers will get a chance to create a 3D world where they can carve the environment. They will get a chance to paint their landscape with grass, rocks, and dirt and add pre-made props such as trees, coins and houses. They’ll even be able to add player characters and decide what the character’s brain abilities will be. Campers could make a vast arctic landscape with mountains galore or create an action hero who fights goblins that are attacking their town. Almost anything they can think of can come to life with Project Spark.

The Project Spark Camp is designed for kids ages 10 to 14, and the same program will be offered on Friday, Oct. 10, and Monday, Oct. 13. Camp will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Two snacks will be provided, but children will need to bring a sack lunch. Camp cost is $40 for members and $45 for non-members. Scholarships are also available through generous support from Duke Energy. Scholarships are limited and are based on need.

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Terre Haute Children’s Museum joins Access Pass program

The Terre Haute Children’s Museum is pleased to announce it will be joining The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, the NCAA Hall of Champions, the Indiana Historical Society, and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in offering greatly reduced admission to families in need throughout the State of Indiana.
 
As part of its ongoing effort to provide extraordinary learning experiences for as many Indiana children and their families as possible, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis created the Access Pass program in 2004. This successful statewide initiative provides low-income Hoosier families with opportunities to visit at the reduced rate of $1 per family member per visit. Conner Prairie joined the program in 2009, the NCAA Hall of Champions, the Indiana Historical Society and the Eiteljorg Museum all joined in 2010. The Terre Haute Children’s Museum is the first institution outside of the Indianapolis area to join the program.

“The creation of the ACCESS Pass is a wonderful way the Museum and its partners like the Terre Haute Children’s Museum, reaches thousands of Hoosier families throughout the state to ensure all children and families, regardless of income are able to learn and grow together,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
 
“The Terre Haute Children’s Museum believes that all families – regardless of income – should be able to visit the Museum and access its resources, so we are thrilled to be bringing this program to the Terre Haute area,” said Lynn Hughes, executive director of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum.
 
“Through philanthropic contributions, the Museum has been able to offer program discounts and field trip scholarships to children in need, but we didn’t have an organized program to offer discounts to families,” Hughes continued. “When we discovered the Access Pass program, we knew that this was the perfect way for us to ensure that our local residents, and Hoosier families through the state, could take advantage of the educational opportunities offered by our facility and all of the other wonderful institutions involved in this program.”
 
Indiana families with at least one member who is 18 years of age or older and who are part of the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), food stamps or Hoosier Healthwise Insurance are eligible to participate in the Access Pass program.
 
To enroll in or renew an existing Access Pass program membership, qualifying families can visit any of the participating venues with required documentation and a completed Access Pass application. They will be issued an Access Pass card that is renewable annually and provides family members the reduced rate throughout the year. To learn more about the Access Pass program, or to download an application, visit http://thchildrensmuseum.com/accesspass/.

 

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