Thursday, September 21, 2017

Movie Making - Day 4

More of the same today as everyone continued to produce their movies. This marks the end of the second week now and we are slowly chipping away at our projects. Next week will hopefully mark the beginning of the editing process!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Live Action Comic Books - Day 3

We continued the artistic process today. Some of us are getting extremely detailed with our comics and they are finally starting to come together. As for the others, they got Photoshop fired up and used the paintbucket tool to bring our comic stripes to life.

We are in the home run stretch now!

Movie Making - Day 3

Some of us wrapped up our writing process and got going on the more tedious filming process. Most of us are doing a stop motion film so the filming process will involve taking hundreds of photos that will eventually get put together like a flip book.

We still have two weeks so there is plenty of time for everyone to take pictures!


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Live Action Comic Books - Day 2

We're just about done with our comic strips. We wrapped up the drawing process and are ready for the next step.

 After getting them scanned and saved on our computers, we will open them up in Photoshop and give them life by adding color.

Movie Making - Day 2

The creative process is hard work. Today we added to our plots and continued the writing process. So far, we have a bunch of stop motion ideas that we will try to bring to life next we when we start filming!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Live Action Comic Books - Day 1

Our Paint Your Face class was always a hit so we figured, why not flip it around and make comic strips while we're at it! Today was all design as we started creating our strips on a piece of paper. From there, we'll throw it under our scanner and put it in Photoshop. Then we're free to do whatever we'd like

Movie Making - Day 1

Today was the first day of the session so it was spent just trying to get the creative juices flowing. This is a six part class so we have plenty of time to get going. We already have some great ideas going that include puppets, stop motion animation, and Spiderman so stay tuned to see how these go!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hour of Code!

It's been a while since we've done an Hour of Code class, so why not start off the fall with one?
Today was another normal coding class. Everyone came in and kept adding to their repertoire of coding knowledge.

We used the usual Khan Academy script coding and Code.org's block coding

Robot Club - 9/7/17

We start the Fall session today with a brand new program. Introducing... VEX Robotics! This class will be run once a month in a club-like style in the hopes that we build and program a robot able to compete with others at local VEX competitions.

Today, we made progress on the Claw Robot and synced up the VEXnet controllers. We even got a claw working!

Tune in next month as we continue our progress...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

PNG Fall 2017

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

September

Movie Making (6-part) 9/12 - 9/28
Lights, Camera, Action!  Let's write a script, shoot some footage and edit it into a movie.

October
Harry Potter Book Page Art (2-part) 10/10 - 10/12
Create an awesome piece of art out of pages from an old discarded copy of Harry Potter using our Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutter and your own creativity.


TinkerCAD (4-part) 10/17 - 10/26
Learn to create 3D models and print them out on the Makerbot Replicator!  This class will teach you the basics of 3D design and how to use Tinkercad.com to create 3D objects that can be printed on any 3D printer.

November
Maker Skills: Soldering (4-part) 11/7 - 11/16
Learn how to solder!  We'll teach you how to handle a soldering iron and soldering safety, how to assemble components on a circuit board and everything else you need to know to bring electronics to life!

Need decorations for your Thanksgiving table?  Don't go to the store, let's design them ourselves and make them real using our Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine!

Negative Space Art (2-part) 11/28 - 11/30
Combine creativity and technology in this fun program that utilizes vinyl cutting technology and natural artistry to create cool art!

Robot Club Thursdays from 4pm - 5pm
Interested in robotics?  Join our monthly robot club to learn how to use our Vex Robotics kit and form our very own Library Robotics Team!

September
Robot Club - 9/7

October
Robot Club - 10/5

November
Robot Club - 11/2

MIDKIDS 4th & Up Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6pm - 7pm

September

Live Action Comic Books (4-part) 9/12 - 9/21
Convert digital photos of real people and objects into cartoons, add captions and create your own comic.

Negative Space Art (2-part) 9/26 - 9/28
Combine creativity and technology in this fun program that utilizes vinyl cutting technology and natural artistry to create cool art!

October

Ozobot Obstacle Course Challenge (2-part) 10/10 - 10/12
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)!

PNG Radio Scary Stories (4-part) 10/17 - 10/26
Read and record some scary stories and then edit them into a riveting radio hour!

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

Need decorations for your Thanksgiving table?  Don't go to the store, let's design them ourselves and make them real using our Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine!

Drawn to Life (2-part) 11/28, 11/30
Learn Adobe Photoshop basics and combine cameras, tracing on paper, and Photoshop to produce a one-of-a-kind self portrait!

Hour of Code Thursdays from 6pm - 7pm

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 Code.org and play fun games while learning the fundamentals of basic coding then try your hand on some of our programmable robots!

September
Hour of Code - 9/7

October
Hour of Code - 10/5

November
Hour of Code - 11/2

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Video Game Development Challenge - Day 4

We had a very chill final class and we added the finishing touches to our games. These games are now playable on this very blog so enjoy! http://www.flowlab.io/game/play/699879http://www.flowlab.io/game/play/641431

Paper Art - Day 2

Home stretch today... We wrapped up our designs and ran them through our vinyl cutter. After that, we got creative and gave them our own unique twist. The results turned out great!

Here are some of them:

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Video Game Development Challenge - Day 3

Video game grind continued today as the two people that showed went straight to work on their games. They will hopefully have a finished product by Thursday that we can download to a mobile device to play!

Paper Art - Day 1

We got started with our paper designs by brainstorming for ideas of what to cut out. After we chose what we wanted to do, we went ahead and opened them in Silhouette Studio, our vinyl cutter design software, and got them ready to cut!

On Thursday, we'll run them through out vinyl cutter.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Video Game Development Challenge - Day 3

We spent most of the first class getting reacquainted with Flowlab.io and finding some inspiration from other games that people have created. Now it's time to get down to the task at hand and make some games!




Ozobot - Hour of Code Madhouse

Today was crazy we hosted an Hour of Code at the same time that we had an ozobots class. I don't think many students realized that the ozobots class was a 2-part class and you are supposed to attend both parts so we had a lot of new faces with people who had to get caught up on how to do everything very quickly. Thankfully some of our students from Tuesday were up to the challenge and helped Ahren teach class!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Video Game Development - Day 1 (Teens)

We had a pretty laid back class today. Only a couple people showed up, but that didn't stop them from starting to explore all that Flowlab can do to create games. Now we have until next Thursday to create our very game!

Ozobots - Day 1 (MidKids)

Nothing beats the feeling of the first PNG class of a new session. Today, we're going back to messing with the Ozobots! These popular, tiny robots are great for learning to code. We got started on building our very own obstacle course, and programmed our bots to go through it.

Thursday we will see which bots can make it through!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Soldering - Day 6

Today was everyone's most dreaded day...troubleshooting day. After completing the main build, we had a couple people who did not have working finished products. We tried to get to work. Some got their kits going, others, unfortunately, didn't. But that's how it can go in the world of soldering. We'll give give soldering another shot in the fall so be on the lookout!

Photoshop Poster Design - Day 4

We wrapped things up today and finished our prints today after a final review of our designs. They turned out great! Here are some of our finished products...