Bigshot Camera

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Trying to come up with creative gifts for Jack at Christmas time, I stumbled on the Bigshot camera – billed as ‘the camera for education”, it is a really cool concept and I jumped at it immediately. For any educator interested in combining science, math, engineering and, most importantly, the arts – this one’s for you!

The enormous appeal of the camera can be used to turn it into a compelling tool for learning. We believe that a camera designed for education must have three features. First, it should be designed as a kit for assembly – putting the kit together should expose the user to a wide range of science concepts. Second, it should include features that cannot be found in other cameras, allowing the user to explore new creative dimensions. Finally, it should be low-cost, making it accessible to the less privileged. Bigshot has been designed with these goals in mind. There is another important feature that sets Bigshot apart from virtually all educational kits – once you have built it, it is a fully functioning digital camera that you can use everyday!

Basically, you purchase a kit for making your very own fully functioning digital camera, and along the way as you assemble the camera, you explore and learn about a variety of technical and creative processes that go into the ultimate expression of making a photograph.

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It was on one of my short stays in the hospital getting hydrated that Jack and Sam took on the task of assembling the camera…. needless to say, it was the most amazing surprise and the perfect moment when I learned about their little adventure together. I love that they spent the time together to make the camera so that it would finally get done – Jack and I had been meaning to get to it but as you can tell, time got away from us a little bit! Great little camera that you crank to generate your own power, and has a lens wheel that allows all sorts of creative possibilities like panoramic, 3D, wide angle… so much fun, and when you roll in the level of ownership applied to the entire process, then we have an absolute winner.

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The accompanying web site resources are excellent, and they really aid in the educational aspect of this project. I hesitate to call it a project – makes it sound a little sterile and maybe too much like school – but I know that both Jack and Sam had a blast putting the camera together, and I’m very proud of my little scientist/engineer/photographers. Well worth the investment if you have a little one interested in learning more about science, digital photography and creative expression. Bigshot Camera.

 

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17 thoughts on “Bigshot Camera

    • David Patterson

      Karen… there’s a handy-dandy USB connection to allow you to view/use photographs made with the camera. I’m going to give Jack a little challenge to come up with some images that I can share. I’m sure he won’t mind 😉

  1. What a fascinating camera! Now I’m trying to think of someone who would appreciate it . . . me, maybe? I, too, would love to see a follow-up post, with some photos taken by the boys.

  2. Argy Nestor

    I know you had mentioned the Bigshot camera to me some time ago but hadn’t realized you gave one to Jack! So very cool – to see it in his hands and knowing that the guys worked together to make it happen makes it even better! And, it is RED! Thanks for sharing!

    • David Patterson

      Barbara… wouldn’t it make for an awesome learning opportunity… so much to explore and experience. What kids should be doing 🙂

  3. This is an awesome tool for learning and creating. I will have to keep it on my list of things to give the nieces and nephews. I love that it is usable and creative after it has been assembled. Thanks for introducing it to us.

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