Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Song Maker - Day 3

Today was the last day of PNG - Song Maker!  Check back here to listen to the students' work via an embedded SoundCloud player!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Song Maker - Day 2

Today was the second day of PNG Song Maker!  We spent the first class getting familiar with Acoustica's Mixcraft 8 software and now it's time to jam out!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Song Maker - Day 1

Today was day 1 of making music in Acoustica's Mixcraft software.  We spent most of the day getting acquainted with the interface and brainstorming ideas for songs!

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Hour of Code - January 2020

Welcome back to PNG!  It's the first Project Next Generation class of 2020!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Electric Origami - December 2019

We here at PNG have tried this project from Evil Mad Scientist 3 or 4 times and only had it work once.  The first time we tried it, we tried the freezer paper and tinfoil method and it was pretty hit or miss but it worked for most of us.

Last time we tried using conductive ink pens and that was a complete wash.

This time we're hoping to have good results using conductive tape!  The tests were promising, hopefully it turned out well!

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Be Internet Awesome - December 2019

Thanks for coming to Be Internet Awesome today at PNG.  I hope you learned a little bit about computers and staying safe online.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

3D Printed Snowflakes - Day 2

Today was the second day of 3D printed snowflakes!  Happy Holidays from Project Next Generation and Elmwood Park Public Library!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

3D Printed Snowflakes - Day 1

Happy Holidays!  To celebrate the season we are making snowflakes using the popular 3D design software TinkerCAD and printing them on our Makerbot 3D Printer!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Hour of Code - December 2019

Once again it's Hour of Code at Elmwood Park Public Library.  Lots of choices for coding exercises today!  Ozobots, Code.org, Kano kits and we even dusted off our old Finchbots!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Trinity HS Visit


PNG was on the move today at nearby Trinity High School.  We visited Ms. Smith's Digital Art class and took the students through a quick TinkerCAD tutorial.  The students at Trinity already have access to 2 Makerbot Replicators and with the help of Ms. Smith were already familiar with TinkerCAD, so they took to designing quickly and were very impressive!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Robot Club - December 2019

Winter is here and so is another Robot Club!  We dusted off the VEX Robotics kits and tried to remember where we left off assembling one of our clawbots and trying troubleshoot the other.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Paper Signals - Day 4

Well, Paper Signals was a bust.

We created our Paper Signals, programmed our Arduino boards and did everything right, but when we synced our Paper Signal with Google Assistant nothing happened.  Bogus.

So instead, we made more papercraft: paper airplanes and snowflakes.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 25, 2019

PNG Winter 2019

Robot Club: Tuesdays 4pm

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!

Hour of Code: Thursdays 4pm

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!



3D Printed Snowflakes (2-part class) - 12/10 - 12/12
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.

Learn the basics about computers, how to stay safe online and be Internet awesome!

Learn to fold an origami cube and make your creation glow with an embedded LED.


Song Maker (3-part class) - 1/14 - 1/21
Learn how to use the digital audio software Mixcraft and make your own song!

Rover Race (3-part class) - 1/23 - 1/30
Design 3D printed parts and build electric toy Rovers that run on monorail tracks.



3D Printer Valentine (2-part class) 2/11 - 2/13
Learn to use the computer to create 3D models of hearts or Valentines 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.

Hand Drawn Vinyl Clings (2-part class) 2/18 - 2/25
Draw a picture, bubble letters or a cool design.  Scan it.  Cut it out on the vinyl cutter.  Stick to a window or a wall!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Paper Signals w/ Google - Day 3

After stalling out on Tuesday, getting mired down with adding API keys to our Arduino controller we are back on track, folding, gluing and coding!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Paper Signals w/ Google - Day 2

Day two of Paper Signals!  We're still building!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Paper Signals w/ Google - Day 1

Today we tried our hand at Paper Signals!  This is a cool looking project that we've never done before.  Here's hoping it turns out!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

3D Design & Printing - Day 4

It's the last day of TinkerCAD!  Remember now that you're a pro at designing objects in 3D you can submit designs to printed by the library any time you want!  Visit our website for more information or just talk to Ahren or one of the librarians!  https://www.elmwoodparklibrary.org/how-do-i/technology/3d-printing

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

3D Printing and Design - Day 3

After a pause for Halloween, we are back to finish up our 3D projects and print them out on the Makerbot Replicator!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

3D Design & Printing - Day 2

Today is day 2 of our 4-part TinkerCAD class!  Students learned (or had a refresher) on the basics of using TinkerCAD to design objects in 3D last time around and now it's time to start working on a big project to be printed out on the last day of class!