Here's another of the perks of being affiliated with the local bricks-and-mortar school. Sophie and her friend had expressed an interest in playing around with stop motion animation. And now on Fridays they are welcome to go in and spend time using the Mac Lab and its iStopMotion software, camera, props and other resources. Our liaison teacher showed them around the software, showed them some samples of animation approaches and let them at it. An hour later I came back and they were finishing up a first little experiment with claymation.
Better still, with the group software license arrangement the school has we will likely be able to use a copy iStopMotion at home. They're looking into that. Of course, that will mean me surrendering my Mac for hours at a time. So it's hard to say whether that would be a good thing or not. Sophie and her friend are all for it, though!