Thursday, January 19, 2017

TinkerCAD - Day 2 (MidKids)

We continued to reinforce the skills we learned  in the lessons, such as the hole tool, to carve away at our shapes. Our previously unidentifiable objects are now beginning to take shape!
With a little more detail, we will have awesome designs that we will print out to show the world

Mixcraft - Day 2

Today we kept grinding away and made some good progress with our songs. I threw a challenge up in the air to challenge everyone. Besides from creating your own melody on the Mixcraft software, I threw out the option to do some sampling. We will see soon enough if anyone took me up on the offer, but nevertheless, we're getting some good layers on our tracks!

Stay tunes and we continue to add and fine-tune our songs!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

TinkerCAD - Day 1 (MidKids)

One of our most popular classes is back for the new year! Everybody loves our 3D printer. Everybody loves being able to designs their own 3D print even more, though. Like always, we give a quick walk-through to TinkerCAD newcomers, and let the veterans do their thing.

The overall goal is to create a complex print and the results look promising!

Mixcraft - Day 1

We're starting off a 2 week Mixcraft session. Same rules as always: Make a cool, complex song! We had a good head head start today. We had a refresher on what Mixcraft is and how to use it. After that, everyone was off!

The sounds are sounding pretty neat. Some are taking inspiration from existing songs and making covers. Others, completely original pieces! Stay tuned for more updates on how these songs will turn out!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Hour of Code (Teens)

After all the Ozobot coding earlier today, we took it back a notch and went with a more classic form of coding for us. We went on KhanAcademy.com and continued our JavaScript progress. We are deep into the JS world and there is no slowing down!

Ozobots - Day 2

Today is the day! We designed a very high tech obstacle course for our Ozobots to navigate. Off the gate, we...struggled,..to say the least. Once we figured out how to properly load commands on to our bots, we were off to the races!

This was a fun and challenging way to code robots, with results we can see in real life!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ozobots - Day 1

PNG is back for the first class of 2017! We're kicking off the year with a throwback to our Ozobot class. These tiny coding-oriented robots help people grasp the concept of coding and give the a visualization of the application of coding in the real world....and they're just fun!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

TinkerCAD 3D Design & Printing SNOWFLAKES - Day 2 (MidKids)

It's crunch time! Today is PNG's last class of the year and it was hectic. Everybody was scrambling to make the best snowflakes possible to decorate for the holiday season , but we all finished our designs and they looked great!

TinkerCAD 3D Design & Printing SNOWFLAKES - Day 2 (Teens)

Today is the final day. Everyone made good progress the first class so this class was a breeze. A few finishing touches to the designs and they were set. They turned out great!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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

Christmas is almost here and snow is falling. To honor everyone's favorite season, we are giving the students a challenge. Create there very own snowflakes using CAD software!

We got going right off the bat. Many of the students are now familiar with the TinkerCAD program we like to use so there was no intro needed. We are well on our way to finishing up our own winter designs!

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

'Twas the PNG before Christmas, when all thro' the library
Students were making snowflakes...I'm not sure where I'm going with this but you get the point.

This is our last session before we go on break for the holidays, and this class was a winter theme. We gave the students a challenge. Create a snowflake with no template. We are well on our way there using copy and paste, along with some symmetry to make a cool snowflake design! 

We'll wrap up on Thursday and then go on break. Stay tuned for future PNG news!

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


December


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.

January


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!

February


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!

December


MidKids 12/6
Teens 12/8

January


MidKids 1/10
Teens 1/12

February


MidKids 2/14
Teens 2/16

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


December


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.

January


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.

February


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.
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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!