Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Hour of Code! (MidKids)

Today was a laid-back, old-fashioned, coding session! Everybody got into the zone after a couple of minutes of using the Code.org website. We all did a great job at completing some of the highest levels available on the website! With this basic coding under our belt, we can now move on to harder, script coding in future sessions!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Kahoot Trivia! (Midkids)

We're bringing back the popular Kahoot class were we use the Kahoot website, computer screens, and a projector to battle it out in a classic game of trivia. This interactive game was a blast and we will definitely have this program again so be on the lookout!

Stop- Motion Animation - Day 2

Now that the tedious process of taking a million photos is taken care of, we were ready to stitch these pictures together and make an awesome mini-movie! Using our trusty video editing software, Adobe Premiere, we were able to adjust the frames per second of each photo to make it look as fluid as possible. The results turned out great!

PNG Winter 2017

Winter is coming! Keep your brain warm with some great 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 Snowflakes 12/13 - 12/15 (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.


Ozobots 1/10 - 1/12 (2-classes)
Use coding techniques you've picked up from our Hour of Code sessions to program our cute Ozobot robots to do all kinds of things (no previous coding experience necessary)!

Mixcraft 1/17 - 1/26 (4-classes)
Learn how to use the digital audio creation software Mixcraft and make your own song!

Kahoot! Trivia 1/31 (1 class)
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!


Movie Making 1/7 - 1/23 (6-classes)
Lights, Camera, Action!  Let's write a script, shoot some footage and edit it into a 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 Code.org and play fun games while learning the fundamentals of basic coding then try your hand on some of our programmable robots!


MidKids 12/6
Teens 12/8


MidKids 1/10
Teens 1/12


MidKids 2/14
Teens 2/16

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


TinkerCADSnowflakes 12/13 - 12/15 (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.


TinkerCAD 1/17 - 1/26 (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 Tinkercad.com to create 3D objects that can be printed on any 3D printer.


NegativeSpace Valentine 2/7 - 2/9 (2 classes)
Combine art and technology in this fun program that utilizes vinyl cutting technology and natural artistry to create an awesome valentine!

Bristlebots 2/28 (1 class)
What happens when you combine a toothbrush, a tiny motor and an electric current?  Bristle Bots!  Sign up to construct your very own Bristle Bot and then race them against your classmates! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Stop Motion Animation - Day 1

We're bringing back our stop motion class! We are going to recreate the style of movies, such as The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, and string together pictures of the characters we choose to use. Each picture will be slightly different, and when put all together they will create a video where everyone's character moves fluidly!

Today was the long picture-taking process. Next Tuesday, we will work on putting all the images together using our video editing software.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Mixcraft (MidKids) - Day 4

Today is the day. Everybody scrambled to add that finishing touches to their songs. For the people that managed to make multiple songs, they were faced with the toughest choice yet... which song to upload.

We all stopped class a couple minutes early and had a listening session. All the songs turned out fantastic!

TinkerCAD - Day 4

Today was the last day of TinkerCAD for November Teens!  We only had 3 students finish their designs, but we've got a nice T-Rex to be printed out, an Android and Minnie Mouse!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Mixcraft (MidKids) - Day 3

Today consisted of adding some final elements and learning how to properly end songs. Unfortunately, not all songs can abruptly end out of nowhere. If they did, however, we'd all be experts! With our newfound knowledge of the volume transition tool, we were able to find nice, soothing endings to our songs. All that's left now are the finishing touches!

TinkerCAD - Day 3

After getting kicked out of our room, and some technical difficulties, we managed to finally get going on our designs! Despite the less than ideal situation, we made some really good progress. We continued using what we learned in the lessons to add some cool functionalities to our 3D designs.

We have one class left to add the finishing touches. We are so close to a finished product!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Mixcraft (Midkids) - Day 2

We continued to release our inner producer today!We played around with the virtual instrument tool and that gave us 100% musical freedom and allows some pretty cool ideas to come to life. We only have 2 classes left to add some key elements to our songs, but as of right now, we have a base down! Stay tuned to see how they turn out...

TinkerCAD - Day 2

We continued adding to our awesome designs today, applying concepts that we learned in the lessons like the hole tool.

We still have a week left and there is still plenty left to be done.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Mixcraft (MidKids) - Day 1

Mday 1 of Mixcraft was a huge success! We went over the basics of using the software and the elements of a song so we were able to get started on our own song. We still have 3 classes to continue adding to our song and make it Grammy-ready!

TinkerCAD - Day 1

Our popular 3D printing class is back once again. The same plan goes as before. Students have all the resources to learn how to use our CAD software, TinkerCAD, and from there, make their very own design. This round of classes was full of 3D design experts so we were able to skip the first part entirely and get right into our designs. So far everything is looking good!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Hour of Code (Teens)

Today we held Hour of Code for teens.  Hour of Code activities largely revolve around www.code.org and www.khanacademy.org which both offer great lessons for beginner and intermediate coding.

Hour of Code classes are laidback hangout sessions where we get together to talk about code and teach each other.  Hour of Code sessions are typically at the beginning of each month so keep an eye out for next time!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Hour of Code (MidKids)

A really laid-back class today. We continued to advance our coding repertoire and to our pleasant surprise, Code.org, the website that we use to learn coding, added a bunch of new games and reformatted their website. With this, we continued to get better and better at block coding and are ready to try some script coding! Stay on the look out for more of these coding classes in the near future!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

LED Ghosts - Day 2

We wrapped up our Halloween decorations today by adding the batteries to our LED-infused soda bottles and placing our white cloth over it with some string!

They turned out great. Now everyone can go home and hang up their brand new Halloween craft and scare some trick-or-treaters!

Insta-Ghosts Photoshop - Day 2

Today was the last day we had to finish up our pictures. Now that we have our picture where we want, today was dedicated to adding all sorts of effects. We leaned about the picture effects Photoshop has to offer, like the fuzz and grain tools.

After we had everything set, we tweaked a bit more and used the burner tool to make our photo even more menacing.

The results turned out awesome!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

LED Ghosts - Day 1

Halloween is approaching so why not kick off the festivities with a fun LED craft? We will use LEDs, along with a soda bottle, some string, and cloth, to make an awesome ghost.

Today, we were faced with a very tough decision...which bottle to use. From there, we cut ourselves some white cloth for the body of our ghost and even got some LEDs in.

Next class, we just finish adding LEDs and use string to tie it all together!

Insta-Ghosts Photoshop - Day 1

We are continuing to expand our Photoshop skills with this class by learning about a brand new tool(aside from the tools we've taught before)! We are taking a picture of ourselves and then making us look like ghosts by playing around with the opacity of the image. From there, we can add funky backgrounds and cool effects

Today, we were very close to a final result. All that is left is to add some finishing touches and effects!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Paint Your Face (MidKids) - Day 2

We wrapped things up today with a quick intro on using the paint bucket tool in Microsoft paint. Using that, we were able to easily (or not so easily) fill in our drawings that we scanned and uploaded with color. We got some pretty funky results that are totally unique and awesome-looking!