Spy Hop in Schools

Keep reading to learn about how Spy Hop can come to your school!



We are always looking for partners in our Spy Hop community! Do you want your students to learn about Spy Hop’s after school programs?

Our teaching artists will visit your classroom, being respectful of valuable teaching time, and tell your students about the amazing upcoming opportunities for teenagers. To arrange a visit from our mentors please contact Adam Sherlock at adam@spyhop.org.

In-School Programs

Spy Hop’s In-School Programs bring teaching artists to a single classroom, grade level, or an entire school. We offer Media Arts Shorts, Intensives and Assemblies that introduce students to the language and concepts of media arts through an interactive experience, which include onstage student participants.

  • Students experience a media arts demonstration.
  • Students learn about possible college and career opportunities related to the media arts.
  • Students learn how the digital media arts can serve as a vehicle for making, perceiving, expressing and contextualizing and can be integrated into other art disciplines.
  • Students are introduced to the media production process, including pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution.

These three types of programs are offered in the following mediums to ensure the interests and academic levels of all students are met:

Audio & Music
Students are introduced to audio engineering using industry standard software for electronic music making, Ableton Live. From microphone set-up to recording to manipulating sound, the entire student audience will work together to create an original song. Using only their voices, clapping, and stomping, students create musical notes and learn how to manipulate the recorded sounds with the Ableton Live software.

Film & Animation
Students explore the science and logic behind green screen technology and the use of Adobe After Effects to find connection between software and story. During this assembly students are introduced to filmmakers use of green screen technology, special effects, and animation software to create movie magic. Students gain the skills and resources to use Chroma Key and program their own animations in their own personal filmmaking pursuits.

Video Game Design
Students are introduced to coding and programming languages while walking through the steps of developing a video game using a combination of GameMaker and life size video game controllers. Working in groups, they explore errors in the video game and code that they have to solve to continue through the game.

Spy Hop In School Programs
Spy Hop In School Programs
Spy Hop In School Programs

Teacher Resource

Every teacher who has students participate in Spy Hop programs will receive access to Spy Hop’s online teacher resource. This resource provides free, easy-to-use software, prompts for integrating digital media arts into class projects, and instructional sheets for video game programming so that students and teachers can learn the language of coding and design together. The lessons were developed by Spy Hop’s teaching artists. Any interested professional is welcome to use the lesson plans for non-commercial uses. If your school is interested in participating in Spy Hop’s In-School Programs, please contact our Director of Community Partnerships, Adam Sherlock for more information.

Please note that the level of engagement within these lesson plans should be left up to the individual teachers as they are the experts on what his/her students need.

The following are the expected commitment of participating teachers:

  1. Participate in one of Spy Hop’s In-School Programs.
  2. Teach class adapted versions of the lesson plans provided.
  3. Help students develop and design their own digital media project.

Game Design

Music Production

Film Production

Game Design, Introduction: Electric Chicken

Download the Electric Chicken Teacher Handout

Download the Electric Chicken Assembly Presentation

Download the Electric Chicken Game Design Files

In order for the game to load properly, create a main folder on your computer called GameMaker Game, and individually drag and drop each sub-folder (the game files, objects, paths, sprites, etc.) into the main folder one by one, not all at once.


Music Production, Introduction: BEAT DIP!

Download the Beatmaking Assembly Presentation.

Free Online Music Studios for digital music production and beat making complete with sound libraries and recording ability:

Ableton, Learning Music
Grades 3-8, Level: Beginner to Intermediate

This site provides a comprehensive, lesson by lesson break down of the parts of a song with musical examples and interactive learning opportunities. No equipment or prior experience is needed.

Grades 3-8, Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Instead of the traditional editing timeline, a line of characters are animated and costumed to live perform the student’s musical choices. The controls are drag and drop, and symbols represent the different sounds. Each character has the ability to adapt the different sound samples. A whole song can be made and downloaded. The interface is entertaining and suitable for younger students to all ages.

Grades 3-8, Level: Beginner to Intermediate
This website offers a minimal interface with straightforward interaction and immediate feedback. No educational information is provided, as it is designed for play and experimentation. Sound samples are assigned to keys on the computer keyboard which can be recorded on a timeline. You can change time signature, tempo and bars and projects can be saved.

Splice Sounds
Grades 3-8, Level: Beginner to Intermediate
This platform offers a simple grid timeline with various instrument samples to produce a custom beat. The sounds are represented in a column of symbols for the instrument that the row contains. By simply clicking, students can add and delete a block of the pattern. Students can also adjust the BPM and save tracks.

Grades 6-8, Level: Advanced
Before entering the editing timeline, students are given four entry options complete with different sound libraries and digital audio workstations. Upon entry, there is an option for a tour of the workstation and its functions. It has a simulated mixing board and midi instruments that mimic an actual studio arrangement. Students can drag and drop drum machines, synths, tools and effect controllers to customize their workstation.

Grades 6-8, Level: Intermediate to Advanced
An extensive sound sample library and multi-channel capacities make this a good platform for more experienced students. It is drag and drop assemblage and has reverb, delay, and synth adjustments. Notes and keys can be adjusted as well.

Coming soon!



Spy Hop’s In-School Programs are free to public schools in Utah through generous funding from the Utah State Legislature and and the Utah State Board of Education.

Contact Us

To have Spy Hop visit your school, please contact:
Connor Estes
Outreach Coordinator

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