The Charette Project


Michael Scherotter's Digital Playground


  1. allusophoria

    Today I have made up a new word – please use it freely: allusophoria noun the sense of delight experienced on discovering the origin of a literary allusion. Usage in a sentence “Alex felt allusophoria and laughed when he realized that Nemo in Finding Nemo was named after the fictional character Captain Nemo in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.” What was a time that you experienced allusophoria ?  Here’s one I experienced: Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street were characters in It’s a Wonderful Life....

  2. Fairfax Computer Camp Day 5: Kodu Games Completed

    Friday was the last day of the Fairfax Computer Camp , an informal camp that I led in my house for my 9-year-old son Alex and nine of his friends and I would say that is was an absolute success.   By the end of the week all of the campers were adept at Kodu and knew how to make computer games.  My son Alex says “it’s really fun to learn about different characters and what they can do.  For example the turtle can close its shell and open it.”  Alex programmed the shell to open and close like a shield, protecting the turtle from enemy blips and missiles.  Kodu has a...

  3. Fairfax Computer Camp Day 4: Building and Testing Kodu Games

    On the fourth day of the Fairfax Computer camp the campers were busy building, refining, and testing the games that they were creating with Kodu .  Almost all of the kids tried some of the sample games and started tinkering with them by changing the rules, the programming, the worlds.  When I was in architecture school, one of my professors said to me that as a designer, you don’t want to borrow ideas, you want to steal them:  when you steal an idea, you make it yours.  These kids were making the games theirs by adding their own unique characteristics and perspectives to them...

  4. Fairfax Computer Camp Day 3: Small Basic and Kodu

    On our third day of the Fairfax Computer Camp, we started out Small Basic for a second day and I immediately noticed that the enthusiasm had waned a bit.  I was also noticing that Small Basic was still a bit advanced for these incoming 4th graders who were all still learning their way around the computer keyboard.   We did a bit with graphics and animation but that wasn’t as fun as the Turtle or Kodu from the first day for the kids.  At that point the kids were getting a bit antsy so I let them out into my back yard for a snack break.  After about 15 minutes I made an executive...

  5. Fairfax Computer Camp Day 2: Small Basic and Turtle Programming

    As you may have read about earlier in the week, I am hosting a computer camp in my home this week, teaching Kodu and Small Basic programming to my 9-year old son Alex and nine of his friends.  Today we moved on from a first day of Kodu game programming to learning the basics of writing code with Small Basic.  It was even hotter today – and that definitely did not help things.  My goal was to get to something visual as quickly as possible but the campers needed a bit of foundation first.  The kids had so much fun yesterday with Kodu, for some of them it was all they could think...

  6. Fairfax Computer Camp Day 1: Kodu Game Lab

    On the First day of the Fairfax Computer Camp , a introduction to computer programming camp I’m running out of my home for a week, we started these 9-year-olds off with Kodu .  After setting up all of the computers that the kids brought in and hooking up a projector, I proceeded to start teaching these 10 kids about programming.  I started off with some simple ground rules about behavior in the camp and what was expected of them – and they all understood pretty well: respect for the house, respect for others, respect for the computers.  We then did a quick name game where each person...

  7. About to Start Fairfax Computer Camp

    My son Alex, age 9, wants to learn about computer programming so I decided to try something fun – to teach it to him.  In my day job, I explain and demonstrate Microsoft’s software development technologies and I’ve been programming since I was about ten so I think I know what to do.  I wanted to do something really fun for Alex, and kind of adventurous, so I invited 9 of his friends to join him and next week I will be teaching a group of 8 boys and 2 girls programming in my home on my dining room table.  Each camper will be bringing their family computer and I’ll be teaching Kodu...

  8. Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche

    5x7 Watercolor, Berlin, Germany, March 8, 1992 About this church ....

  9. La Sagrada Familia

    Barcelona, Spain, 4/14/1992, Fountain Pen

  10. Royal Oak

    San Francisco, CA, 12/7/1995, Fountain pen and colored pencil