Kids the World is a non-profit resort that creates magical memories
for children with life threatening illnesses and their families. Wish
granting organizations coordinate transportation to Orlando while Give
Kids the World provides accommodations at its whimsical resort along
with attraction tickets and meals for a week-long, fantasy vacation.
Since its founding in 1986, Give Kids the World has welcomed families
from all 50 states and 50 countries.
The faculty and students of the ETC worked together to revamp the GKTW
theater, create a 6 minute animation based on characters of the village
AND install an animateering exhibit in the Castle of Dreams. In the
spring of 2006, the team's animated movie called "the Big Surprise"
won a Telly award. Faculty and students from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh
also contributed their time and energy to create the storybook characters
and artwork in the animateering exhibit.
and Kathy roll out the red carpet for the grand opening of the Big Surprise
a faculty advisor at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment
Technology Center in Pittsburgh, PA, Blaine collaborated with
a team of students and co-advisor Brenda Harger to redesign the
Animateering experience that was initially developed for the Pittsburgh
Children's Museum . Children
create their own characters to create interactive storytelling
experiences out the using touchscreens, buttons, joysticks, spinners
and lots of imagination.
and Bean worked with the students to create a "toybox"
approach to this form of virtual play and then expanded that to
include custom "fairytale" characters conceived and
developed with select students and faculty from the Art Institute
of Pittsburgh. These characters were housed in a custom book interface
and installed in the Castle of Dreams at Give Kids the World village.
There is another Animateering exhibit at the Erie Children's Museum
in Erie, PA.