Thursday, September 22, 2016

Movie Making - Day 4 (MidKids)

That's a wrap for all of our actors and actresses! We wrapped up the final scene today and we can finally movie on to the best part...editing. After exporting all the raw footage, we opened up Adobe Premiere for the very first time. With a quick lesson on how the software is used, we were well on our way to creating a rough cut of our short film.

TinkerCAD - Day 4

Today was everyone's last chance to put finishing details on their designs. After we had all of that taken care of, we were able to save and export our designs into files that our Makerbot 3D printer can print out. All of the designs turned out awesome!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Movie Making - Day 3 (Mid-Kids)

Lights, Camera, Action! The actors and actresses got a chance to be under the spotlight and put their acting chops to use. Today was also the first day we used the green screen. We got everyone familiar with how the green screen works. We finished a good chunk of the filming for our short film. After we take care of the filming, we have to take care of the tedious editing process.

TinkerCAD - Day 3

Today we continued on the great progress we have built up so far. Getting more advanced in techniques, like using hinges, is helping us create some awesome designs. All we have left are some finishing touches and we should be done. That will be taken care of next class!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Movie Making - Day 2 (Mid-Kids)

We are still working hard on getting the script done and ready for filming, but we made some really good progress. We have some set props and we should be ready for filming by next class so our scriptwriters must be ready to become actors and actresses very soon! We will take out the green screen next class and get the camera rolling!

TinkerCAD - Day 2

Day two of this 4 part class was today and we really got a good plan going forward! Now that we know all the basics of the TinkerCAD program, we were able to let everyone loose and come up with ideas for their own 3D model!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Movie Making - Day 1 (MidKids)

Movie making has returned! The highly anticipated class has begun and we got started with a quick intro to movie making. We had a brief summary on how the fancy Hollywood people make movies. After that, we had to put on our creative caps and come up with the script for our short film. This has been the hardest part in the past. After getting past some creative blocks, we got on our way to having a film-ready script!

TinkerCAD - Day 1

It's back to the basics! We had a bunch of first time 3D printers today so we used TinkerCADs software to teach everyone how to create their own designs. Everything from what a 3D printer is to how to move the camera to using the workplane tool. Now that we have all of that out of the way, we are ready to start our very own designs!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Hour of Code! (Teens)

We are starting to build up our coding confidence now! We are steering away from the simpler block coding are our students are dipping their toes into the world of script coding and Javascript. This is a great step forward to getting to put coding into practical, everyday use. It was both challenging and fun!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Hour of Code! (Mid-Kids)

Coding is a beautiful thing... We had a bunch of newcomers comers today and they all got started with some basic coding or so they could learn what they were getting in to. From there, We gave we everyone the choice of continuing on the website or trying out some other coding-based activities we have available.

We continue the coding classes frequently so everyone has the chance to progress with their coding skills. Look out for more of this stuff in the future!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Soldering - Make-up day!

Our PNG Soldering class for the summer is officially over, but we had a couple students who just needed a little bit more time to finish so here we had one last hurrah of soldering today!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Papercraft & Photoshop - Day 2

After spending the first few minutes of class finishing up out design, we hopped on over to a computer and got to work on Photoshop. The overall goal of the class was to Photoshop our papercraft into whatever background we desired and boy did we deliver!

Check out some of the cool photos!

Soldering - Day 4

Last day to finish up our voice changers! We are starting to look like soldering pros after all the practice we've had so we blew though the soldering with ease (after some initial speed bumps). Be on the lookout for future soldering classes!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Papercraft & Photoshop - Day 1

We went old school today and printed out some awesome paper crafts. Using card stock, we were able to fold them to look like awesome superheroes and super villains.

 Next class, we are going to Photoshop the crafts we just made into whatever background our hearts desire!

Soldering - Day 3

We are are getting close to a final result! Very soon we will have a working voice changer. The only thing in our way now are some unsoldered leads.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ozobots - Day 2

Today was the day we all let our creative juices flow. We decided to race our Ozobots and make mazes for them to solve. It looks like we outsmarted them this time...

Soldering - Day 2

Day 2 began with organization. We began the kit today, and to start it, we had to sort out all the components of the kit. After all of that stuff, and learning what all the pieces do, we were able to start placing the pieces were they belong. We are now well on our way to having a functional voice changer!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Ozobots - Day 1 (Mid-Kids)

Day number one of the highly anticipated Ozobot class! This miniature robot allows you to code by using color commands. A real simple introduction to the concept of coding, but dont let the simplicity fool you. This robot is capable of so much more!

Soldering - Day 1

First day is all about safety! We went through all the tips and tricks required for soldering. The circuit board we are trying to complete is a voice changer that can change the type of voice you have and the pitch. We also got to practice on scrap circuits so we should be all set to start our kit next class!

Monday, August 15, 2016

PNG Fall 2016

The autumn schedule for PNG has been set!  We've got offerings for Teens (6th grade & up) and MidKids (4th-6th grade) so sign up at the beginning of each month.

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


TinkerCAD 3D Design& Printing 9/13 - 9/22 (4-classes)
Learn to use the computer to create 3D models and then print them out on the Makerbot Replicator!  This 4-part 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.

Glass Silhouettes  9/27 - 9/29 (2-classes)
Use our Cameo Silhouette Vinyl Cutter machine and Adobe Photoshop to create a vinyl cling of your own silhouette and apply it to a pane of glass.


Papercraft &Photography 10/11 - 10/20 (4-classes)
Create a unique papercraft figure, print it, assemble it, photograph it and then Photoshop it!

Insta-GhostsPhotoshop 10/25 - 10/27 (2-classes)
Take some goofy photos with your friends and spookify them for Halloween using Adobe Photoshop.


TinkerCAD 3D Design& Printing 11/8 - 11/17 (4-classes)
Learn to use the computer to create 3D models and then print them out on the Makerbot Replicator!  This 4-part 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.

Stop-MotionAnimation 11/22 (Tuesday) & 11/29 (Tuesday) (2-classes both Tuesdays)
Learn how stop-motion animation works and create your own short stop-motion movie.

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

MidKids 9/6
Teens 9/8

MidKids 10/4
Teens 10/6

MidKids 11/1
Teens 11/3

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


Movie Making 9/13 - 9/29 (6-classes)
Lights, Camera, Action!  Let's write a script, shoot some footage and edit it into a movie!


TinkerCAD 3D Design& Printing  10/11 - 10/13 (2-classes)
Learn to use the computer to create 3D models and then print them out on the Makerbot Replicator!  This 2-part 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.

Paint Your FacePhotoshop  10/18 - 10/20 (2-classes)
Join this Project Next Generation class if you want to learn Adobe Photoshop basics.  We'll use a combination of cameras, tracing on paper, and Photoshop to produce a one-of-a-kind self portrait! 

L.E.D. Ghosts 10/25 - 10/27 (2-classes)
Learn to make some spooky D.I.Y. "ghosts" using ordinary items and some simple L.E.D.'s (light emitting diodes), batteries and magnets!


Mixcraft 11/8 - 11/17 (4-classes)
Learn how to use the digital audio creation software Mixcraft and make your own song!

Kahoot! Trivia 11/29 (1-classs)
Join us for some a fun interactive Trivia game using the Kahoot! framework and even learn how to create your own and quiz your friends!