Tuesday, December 12, 2017

TinkerCAD 3D Design & Printing SNOWFLAKES - Day 1 (MidKids)

We were feeling the Christmas spirit today and stared some awesome snowflakes on TinkerCAD!

On Thursday, we'll wrap them up and have them ready  by Christmas

TinkerCAD 3D Design & Printing SNOWFLAKES - Day 1 (Teens)

PNG is getting into the holiday spirit! Internet issues didn't stop us from trying to design our snowflakes. We worked on our designs when the internet was up.When it wasn't, we were continuing the designing on good old paper!

Thursday we will (hopefully) have the internet up and running and continue!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Hour of Code

Hour of Code was a lonely one today, but the students made due without an instructor and picked up what they could straight the Code.org website!

Robot Club

The first rule of Robot Club is: tell everyone about Robot Club!  With our Vex kit grabber bot nearly complete we made the finishing touches and then started figuring out how to control our creation!

Friday, December 1, 2017

PNG Winter 2018

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

December


TinkerCAD Snowflakes (2-part) 12/12 - 12/14
Learn to use the computer to create 3D models of snowflakes and then print them out on the Makerbot Replicator!  This 2-part class will teach you some basics of 3D design and how to use Tinkercad.com to create 3D objects that can be printed on any 3D printer.

January

Live Action Comic Book (4-part) 1/9 - 1/18

Convert digital photos of real people and objects into cartoons, add captions and create your own comic.


Ozobot Obstacle Course Challenge (2-part) 1/23 - 1/25

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)!


February

Negative Space HeArt 2/6 - 2/8 (2 classes)

Combine art and technology in this fun program that utilizes vinyl cutting technology and natural artistry to create an awesome valentine!

Mixcraft (4-part) 2/13, 2/15, 2/20, 2/22
Learn how to use the digital audio creation software Mixcraft and make your own song!

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!

December
Robot Club - 12/7

January
Robot Club - 1/4

February
Robot Club - 2/1

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

December


TinkerCAD Snowflakes 12/12 - 12/14 (2 classes)

Learn to use the computer to create 3D models of snowflakes and then print them out on the Makerbot Replicator!  This 2-part class will teach you some basics of 3D design and how to use Tinkercad.com to create 3D objects that can be printed on any 3D printer.

January


Drawn to Life (2-part) 1/9, 1/11

Learn Adobe Photoshop basics and combine cameras, tracing on paper, and Photoshop to produce a one-of-a-kind self portrait! 

Papercraft & Photography (4-part) 1/16, 1/18, 1/23, 1/25

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

February

Negative Space HeArt 2/6 - 2/8 (2 classes)
Combine art and technology in this fun program that utilizes vinyl cutting technology and natural artistry to create an awesome valentine!

Photoshop Poster Design (4-part) 2/13, 2/15, 2/20, 2/22

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

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!

December
Hour of Code - 12/7

January
Hour of Code - 1/4

February
Hour of Code - 2/1

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Drawn to Life - Day 2

Had a quiet class today where our student got some 1 on 1 attention. After some technical difficulties, we used whatever was left of class to try and use Photoshop to make our art. Using a makeshift scanner (camera), we uploaded the picture to Photoshop and got creative with the paint bucket tool!

We might have not finished, but we did learn a few valuable life lessons.

This was what we ended up with


Negative Space Art - Day 2

Today is the day we get to color! After cutting out our vinyl designs, we placed them on canvas and peeled away what we wanted colored. From there, we use the vinyl as a stencil and color away. Once we finished coloring, we peeled away our vinyl and revealed our art!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Drawn to Life - Day 1

We are getting artsy today! We're picking pictures online to turn into Photoshopped masterpieces. After picking an image, we printed and drew them using our tracing pads and made a digital copy of them. On Thursday, we'll pull them up in Photoshop and using the paint bucket tool to color them in!

Negative Space Art - Day 1

We're back with another negative space art session! As always, we are looking for designs on the internet to turn into creative vinyl designs. From there, we will color over those designs on canvas, peel away the vinyl and reveal an awesome piece of art!

Thursday we will get to the art section of this project.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving Table Place Cards (MidKids)

We're celebrating Thanksgiving the right way here at PNG. We're making our own table place cards! Using our vinyl cutter, we make a pop-up, fold-able design to take home. After all the troubleshooting, we ended with a really cool nameplate!

Thanksgiving Table Place Cards (Teens)

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, what better way to celebrate it than bringing home an awesome table place card to show off? We used Silhouette Studios to create a cool, pop-up design and made some awesome cards.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Video Game Development - Day 4

Today we wrapped up our video games! We put the finishing touches on the game play and got to play everyone else's games.

We all made well designed games and everyone had a blast!

Soldering - Day 4

Today was the last day! We went through the final steps of troubleshooting, replacing parts as necissary. We all got our spider robots to work! Some don't work like they're supposed to, but nevertheless, they work!

Our robots are now ready to take over the world!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Video Game Development - Day 3

We continued our games today, adding more complex elements, such as animations, and enemies. Our games are coming together nicely and Thursday we will wrap them up and play all the games we have made!

Soldering - Day 3

Today was troubleshooting day! We all finished up the soldering component of the class, the only thing that's left is take adjust our circuits to make sure they work we want them to! We double-checked our instructions and our robots turned out great!

Next class we will design an enclosure for our bots

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Video Game Development - Day 2

Now that we know how to use our game development software, we can get to designing our game!
We learned how to make levels that will give use an endless world to let our visions come to life!

Next week will will continue our games.

Soldering - Day 2

Today, we kept attacking our light spider kits. We are moving very fast....maybe a little too fast...

We should finish up by Thursday next week and if we finish early, we can even 3D print a case for our robot!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Video Game Development - Day 1

Everybody loves video games so who wouldn't want to learn how to make them? Today, using our new software over at flowlab.io, we were able to do just that!

Everyone had the opportunity to bring their imaginations to life and create their own worlds! We will make our worlds more complex  over the next 3 days and have these games ready to play for the whole world to enjoy!

Soldering - Day 1

Today marks the return of our soldering class! This popular class lets kids get an intro into the magical world of soldering. We will be making our own light spiders which sense and follow light!

We started with a practice kit. Once we were comfortable with soldering, we started the spider kit.

Thursday we will continue with our project!

Hour of Code

Same old Hour of Code class as always. Everyone brushed up on their coding skills by playing games on Code.org.