Thursday, June 22, 2017

Papercraft & Photography - Day 2

We slowly started finishing up our designs today. We had to be a lot more precise today, paying more attention to small folds and whatnot. We finished a couple designs and got started on the Photoshoping process.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

No Cube Left Behind: Papercraft & Photography - Day 1

Who doesn't like an awesome craft? Everyone had the chance to to print out the character of their choice and make them come to life by turning the 2D paper into a 3D Cubecraft. On Thursday, we put these 3D crafts into Photoshop and add backgrounds or whatever else we want!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

TinkerCAD - Day 4

Today is the day. Everyone added the finishing touches to their designs and got them ready to be printed. We have a very diverse set of objects this time around, aside from all the fidget spinners.

We're all excited to see how they turn out!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

TinkerCAD - Day 3

We continued our designs today and even completed some! Stay tuned for our completed designs on Thursday

Father's Day Cards - Day 1

Father's Day is right around the corner! What better way to celebrate it that by giving our awesome dads than by making them a homemade Star Wars cards. This project consists of making a light saberout of LEDs and straws. The results turned out awesome!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

TinkerCAD - Day 2

The 3D printing grind continued today. We kept using the skills learned in the lessons and made some creative designs. We have people making fidget spinners, jewlery holders, instruments, cookie cutters, and pandas!

Next week, we will continue adding to these designs and if we're quick, start a new design. Stay tuned...

Mixcraft - Day 2 (MidKids)

Today was the last day to finish our songs! We added some cool instruments and made some complex rhythmns to form some, purposfully or not, avant-garde songs. These are the results!

Our next session is a Father's Day class so stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

TinkerCAD - Day 1

We're bringing back PNG for the summer! Everyone got a quick refresher on how TinkerCAD works and got to making their own designs. 

We now have a good starting point to our designs and will hopefully complete them by next week!

Mixcraft - Day 1 (MidKids)

Mixcraft is back! We are continuing our summer session by letting out some creativity which will hopefully result in some awesome tunes.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hour of Code!

As the first class of the summer, we had a pretty laid back session today. We coded in a nice, air-conditioned room, some using, others using

This was a great class to kick of the summer and we have a lot more in store!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

MAKE Your Summer Awesome

Upcoming PNG programs for Teens (6th grade & up) and MidKids (4th-6th grade). Sign up at the beginning of each month.

PNG TEENS 6th & Up Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4pm - 5pm


TinkerCAD 3D Printing & Design (4-part) 6/6 - 6/15

Learn to use the computer to create 3D models and then print them out on the Makerbot Replicator!  This class will teach you the basics of 3D design and how to use to create 3D objects that can be printed on any 3D printer.

TensegrityStructure Robot (2 part) 6/27 - 6/29

Create an tensegrity structure in the shape of an icosahedron out of rubberbands and straws and then hook your creation up to a motor and power to see it move!  Add some markers and you've got a scribblebot!


Maker Skills: Soldering (6 parts) 7/11 - 7/27

Join this Project Next Generation class if you want to learn how to solder!  We've got cool electronics kits that light up, drive and scurry.  When you're finished you can take your creation home with you and you'll be an expert in circuitry and soldering!


Video Game Development (4 part) 8/1 - 8/10

Try your hand at making a simple video game using Flowlab!

Hour of Code Thursdays from 2pm - 3pm

Not only is coding massively important to the fabric of our digital world, but it can also be pretty fun!  Sign up for this quick introduction to activities on and play fun games while learning the fundamentals of basic coding then try your hand on some of our programmable robots!




PNG MIDKIDS 4th & Up Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2pm - 3pm


MixcraftMusic Making (2 classes) - 6/6 - 6/8

Learn how to use the digital audio creation software Mixcraft and make your own song!

Father'sDay Card (2 classes) - 6/13 - 6/15

Make an awesome card for Dad this Father's Day using your own creativity and our Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine.

Papercraft& Photography (4 classes) 6/20 - 6/29

Create a unique papercraft figure, print it, assemble it, photograph it and then Photoshop it!


BookPage Art (2 part) 7/11 - 7/13

Create an awesome piece of art out of our old discarded book pages using our Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutter.

Photoshop PosterDesign (4 part) 7/18 - 7/27

Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to create and print and poster of your very own design.


Use coding techniques you've picked up from our Hour of Code sessions to program our cute Ozobot robots to run an obstacle course (no previous coding experience necessary)!

PaperArt (2 part) 8/8 - 8/10

Use our Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutter to cut a design out of paper and then add some creative folding techniques to bring it to life!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Stop Motion Animation (MidKids)

Today was the last day of school here in Elmwood Park so we had a more empty and laid-back class than usual. We took another million photos depicting awesome battle scenes between characters we had lying around like Batman or some Legos. We then scrapped together those photos to make some interesting short films

Movie Maker Skills: Stop Motion - Day 2

We wrapped up out stop motion films today! We got creative with the editing and the results turned out great. Check them out!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Stop Motion Animation (MidKids)

Today we were introduced to the world of stop motion animation! Movies like Chicaken Run or The Lego Movie use this technique to create a unique film style that we will be attempting to recreate. We scavenged through boxes of toys and Legos to find inspiration for our short film and took a million photos.

On Thursday, we will put all the photos together!

Movie Maker Skills: Stop Motion

We only had one person show up, so we left it up to him to do whatever he wanted. He decided to go back and finish up an old project from a previous stop-motion animation session. Now, going through the project a second time, we were able to add some awesome details and the project is in really good shape!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Secret Code Jewelry - Day 2 (MidKids)

Now that we know what coding, both cipher and script, we can use it to write secret messages! We used the substitution code we learned about yesterday to write our own secret messages and put them on a necklace or bracelet. Each combination of colors represented a letter

Movie Maker Skills: Editing (Day 4)

Our editors were hard at work finishing up our films on the last day. They walked right in and headed straight to work. We wouldn't dare interrupt them while they were so concentrated so there's no telling what they did, but the results turned out really well!  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Secret Code Jewelry - Day 1 (MidKids)

PNG and the Kids & Teens department are teaming up for a 2 part series on cipher coding! We got everyone familiar with what cipher coding is and how it related to the coding PNG is familiar with. After the quick intro, we had the opportunity to crack some codes of our own and do some script coding on

On Thursday, we will create our own cipher codes and make jewelry with a secret message on it using it!

Movie Maker Skills: Editing (Day 3)

The editing continued today as we start to wrap up the process. The hard work has already been done. We were now free to tinker with some elements of Adobe Premier that we have never used before. We implemented cool effects like clip reversing to really make our projects unique.

We have one day left to edit our masterpieces so stay tuned to how how the projects turn out!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mother's Day Cards (Day 2)

The design portion of class is over now we need to run our cardstock through the vinyl cutter and then remove excess paper, fold and put on the finishing touches!