Wednesday, October 13, 2010

SketchUp in Amharic

Recently I had three wonderful visitors to my house: the Abebe family, shown below.

Left to right are Abanezer, Zelalem (the dad), and Robel. (Mom was working.) The Abebes moved to the DC area a few years from Ethiopia, and have lost no time learning all they can about computers and design.

Robel and Abanezer worked with my friend Phil Shapiro who works as the "Public Geek" at the library in Takoma Park, Maryland (in addition to his teaching work and other mentoring projects). Phil introduced the boys to SketchUp (as well as Inkscape), and once they got comfortable in SketchUp, they created a YouTube screencast in Amharic, showing how to create a house.

Not fluent in Amharic? Don't worry, here's the English version:

The screencasts were created using Screenflow, a screencasting program for the Mac.

These are super-nice kids, and I look forward to staying in touch with them and seeing how their education and careers progress. As a bonus, I also got a quick lesson in written and spoken Amharic, which is a beautiful-sounding language.

Anyone can design anything in 3D!

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