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Friday, August 30, 2013

HP Canada Brain Training Challenge #1


With September right around the corner, many of us are scrambling to squeeze in just a bit more summer fun before heading back to school. In our home, we are also trying to get the kids back on schedule and help prepare them for a successful academic year. This is why we agreed to take part in the HP Canada Brain Training Challenge by completing a series of Creative IQ™ activities that are fun and engaging. To help us complete these tasks, our family was provided with a brand-new ENVY Rove20 Mobile All-in-One desktop, an ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One printer, an HP Printing Supplies Kit and a copy of Creative IQ™ full of a variety of educational challenges.


For our first challenge, my daughter and I opted to hone in on our drawing and designing skills to give my daughter's bedroom a makeover. We began by drawing her bedroom with a pencil and tracing it in black marker, customizing the layout, wall art, bedding, etc.

Then we photocopied the bedroom design a couple of times with the HP ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One so that my daughter could experiment with different colours to see which combination looks best.

While she busily coloured to her heart's content, I used the HP ENVY yet again to scan a copy of the drawing using the photo option so I could email a copy to myself in jpeg format directly from the printer. Then I logged onto the HP Rove20, downloaded the email attachment and opened the Fresh Paint app.



I started a fresh project and imported the scanned image of the bedroom drawing by accessing the file in my pictures folder.


And within minutes, I was able to join in the creative fun by using Fresh Paint to colour a digital copy of my daughter's drawing.


Once we were done, I had my daughter point out primary colours then secondary colours and finally asked her to pick her favourite. This was such an interesting task because it was a practical application of design skills and it gave my daughter a sense of pride to be able to design her room however she liked. Plus, it was a great way to spend some family time together. Does anyone know where I could find purple and green striped decorative pillows, by the way?

Hope you'll head on over to read about our HP Brain Training Challenge #2.


Over the next few weeks, we will be taking on a couple of additional tasks in the HP Canada Brain Training Challenge and I invite you to follow along. In the meantime, check out this incredible HP Back-to-School bundle I am giving away to one very lucky reader, courtesy of HP Canada and Creative IQ!

Secret Word #1: CREATIVE

Disclosure: The products to complete the HP Brain Training Challenge activities have been supplied by HP Canada and Creative IQ™. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own.

6 comments:

  1. Sounds fantastic! Things surely have changed since I was a young girl in school!

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  2. The Creative IQ has me very interested, I think it would be beneficial for young and old :) (Sabrina Tong)

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  3. Love that you got your daughter involved in designing her own bedroom. I am thinking about how you could apply math concepts to that too. I do projects similar to what you asked your daughter to create at my school. It's amazing what children can do when they are given the tools!

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  4. Wow how neat is this. Things are changing so quick anymore with technology that it is getting hard to keep up. This looks like a great package from HP:) (Judy Cowan)

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  5. That's a really neat project that you two did together! I'm in love with that tablet.

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  6. Hi, I am Shelley, one of the authors of Creative IQ. If you would like any information about the book or where it is available, please do not hesitate to contact me at creativeiqmedia@gmail.com Thanks!

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