Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Soldering - Day 5

We are starting to wrap up our projects now. We had a couple people finish their projects that met some troubles and others that are on the verge of finishing. Thursday's class will be dedicated to troubleshooting!

Photoshop Poster Design - Day 3

Our posters are finally coming together! We are finished with the majority of our designs and hopefully will come in on Thursday to do some touch-ups and print.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Soldering - Day 4

Everybody was extremely focused today. We all found our zone and kept chipping away at our kits. Next week, we hope to wrap everything up. The end is in sight!

Photoshop Poster Design - Day 2

After we finished prepping our design, the hard part started. We got going on our editing today and got very familiar with Photoshop. We learned how to use the lasso tool, manipulate shapes, use layers, and a lot more.

Next we will will continue and wrap up our posters so stay tuned.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Soldering - Day 3

We are now into week 2 of our soldering project! We kept attacking our projects and are slowly getting closer to a finished product. We are looking to wrap up our soldering projects by next week.

Photoshop Poster Design - Day 1

We look at posters every single day. Movie posters, ads, and a million other types of posters. No one really stops and thinks of how these posters are made, but that's what this class is all about! We are going to get extremely familiar with Photoshop by designing our own unique posters on it.

Today mainly consisted of some heavy brainstorming and preparation. This is a two week class so we have plenty of time to get every detail of our posters just right.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Soldering - Day 2

The soldering continued today. Now that we're more comfortable with how to solder, we got right into the kits. Slowly, but surely, we are getting closer to having working FM radios and robot cars!

Next week we will continue to attack the kits  so stay tuned.

Book Page Art - Day 2

We wrapped up our designs today by adding the final touches and running it through our vinyl cutter one last time. After we had our book page cut with our design, we glued it to card stock to make it sturdier and customized it. Here are some of the results

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Soldering - Day 1

We had a good mix of soldering experts and novices today. The students that have done our soldering program before had a choice of which kit they wanted to do. They all chose an old robot racing kit and got going pretty quickly. The newcomers got a lesson in the basics of soldering. Technique, safety, and much more.

This class will go on until the end of the month so we're looking forward to seeing how all the kits turn up!

Book Page Art - Day 1

  We're making some awesome art today! Using our vinyl cutter and an old Harry Potter book, we were able to cut any design we desired into the book pages. The results turned out great!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hour of Code

Today was another normal coding class. Everyone came in and kept adding to their repertoire of coding knowledge.

 Aside for the usual Khan Academy script coding and Code.org's block coding, we tried out Google's Madewithcode.com too!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Tensegrity Structure Robots: Day 2 - Abstract Art

Today was the second day.  We built our structures last time so now it was time to add motion.  We hooked up some small motors run by coin batteries and then added pen and paper to create art!

Papercraft & Photoshop: Day 4 - The Final Countdown

Today was the last day of our Papercraft and Photography class. The kids made their own paper models, took pictures and then Photoshopped them.  Check them out, they look great!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Illinois Veterans' History Project

The Elmwood Park Public Library in association with Project Next Generation and the State Library of Illinois are proud to present an interview of United States Air Force veteran Dennis J. Wolfe, conducted by Magnus Shipinski.  This video was shot by Christian Caballero and edited by Magnus Shipinski.  Special thanks to Jay Shipinski for help with coordination and making things happen.

This interview has been sent to the State Library of Illinois for inclusion in the Illinois Digital Archive.

Thank you very much to Mr. Wolfe, Magnus, Jay and Christian for making this happen.

Click here for more information on the Illinois Veterans' History Project and to view more interviews with Illinois veterans be sure to check out the Illinois Veterans' History Project YouTube channel.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tensegrity Structure Robots: Day 1 - They're not really robots, huh...

Tensegrity Structures?  Robots?  Icosahedrons?

Ok, let me break it down for you.  First of all, you're right.  They're not really robots.  That was just kind of my cheap attempt to get you in the door.

They ARE tensegrity structures.  Tensegrity structures?  Tensional integrity a.k.a. floating compression is an architectural term that describes a structure that stays together by having each piece push or pull on another piece.

Icosahedrons are a type of polyhedron that has 20 sides.

So today we made a tensegrity structure that has 20 sides.  Next time, we're going to try hooking up a motor and adding some motion in hopes of being able to call these robots... even though that's a bit of stretch, it'll still be cool.

Papercraft & Photography: Day 3 - She's Crafty

Today is Day 3 of Papercraft & Photography.  The kids are finally finishing up their papercraft models and taking pictures.  A select few have even started to work in Adobe Photoshop to remove the backgrounds of their pictures and place their subjects in some bizarre and crazy backgrounds!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Papercraft & Photography - Day 2

We slowly started finishing up our designs today. We had to be a lot more precise today, paying more attention to small folds and whatnot. We finished a couple designs and got started on the Photoshoping process.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

No Cube Left Behind: Papercraft & Photography - Day 1

Who doesn't like an awesome craft? Everyone had the chance to to print out the character of their choice and make them come to life by turning the 2D paper into a 3D Cubecraft. On Thursday, we put these 3D crafts into Photoshop and add backgrounds or whatever else we want!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

TinkerCAD - Day 4

Today is the day. Everyone added the finishing touches to their designs and got them ready to be printed. We have a very diverse set of objects this time around, aside from all the fidget spinners.

We're all excited to see how they turn out!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

TinkerCAD - Day 3

We continued our designs today and even completed some! Stay tuned for our completed designs on Thursday