Thursday, March 23, 2017

Papercraft & Photoshop - Day 2

The Folding continues!  We have selected and printed out papercraft designs, courtesy of cubecraft.com.  Now we are folding and cutting!  As soon as they are assembled we will begin taking pictures and Photoshopping!

Soldering Day 2

Soldering continues today!  Our electrical engineers returned to the task with gusto.  Here's hoping we have enough time finish between today and next week!


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Papercraft & Photoshop

Today, we spent some time finding our favorite characters on a website that turns them into a flat design. From there, we printed the design on cardstock and began folding it into some awesome designs.

From here, we hope to insert our designs into our own backgrounds using Photoshop!

Soldering - Day 1

Day one of our intense soldering class is underway! After getting the important safety instructions out of the way, we got organized and began to attack our kit. This time around, we're going to be making our very own AM/FM radios!

We knocked out a good chunk today and are looking forward to finishing it in the next 3 classes

Friday, March 10, 2017

Teen Tech Week - Kahoot! Trivia

As Teen Tech Week comes to a close, we took it down a notch and had an easy and fun class to conclude a week of hard work. Kahoot! is always a blast to have. We just had a fun trivia session.

We take a week off after this hectic week, then it's back to your regularly scheduled PNG classes, starting with Soldering!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Teen Tech Week - TinkerCAD

Teen Tech Week is in full force! Today, we did a scaled down version of our usual, two part TinkerCAD classes that was a quick intro into 3D printing. We designed like crazy and ended up with awesome design in about an hour!

We conclude our Teen Tech Week

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Teen Tech Week - Ozobots

Our Teen Tech Week continues today with our coding-oriented Ozobot class! We used these mini robots and made them do our bidding. We made our our makeshift soccer field and obstacle course and let the bots go to work.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Teen Tech Week - Paint You Face

Day two of our annual Teen Tech Week was today. What better way to celebrate it than with a PNG classic: Paint Your Face! This class lets everyone release their inner artist, while also teaching valuable photo editing skills on our Photoshop software.



Here are some of the results!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Teen Tech Week - Vinyl Cutter

Today is the first day of our annual week-long celebration of technology here at the Elmwood Park Public Library! We will be hosting a variety of tech-related classes throughout the week; but this week, we have out Vinyl Cutter class.

We used our trusty Silhouette Cameo cutter, along with the Silhouette Studios software to cut out awesome designs on vinyl to stick wherever our hearts desire!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Hour of Code


Not only is coding massively important to the fabric of our digital world, but it can also be pretty fun!  Sign up every month to hang out with friends and practice your coding!

Upcoming Hours of Code: 

April:
Tuesday 4/4

May:
Tuesday 5/2

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

You Can't Spell SPRING Without P-N-G!

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


March


Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers.  http://teentechweek.ning.com/

March 6 - Vinyl Cutter

Join us for a quick demonstration of vinyl cutting technology and leave with a cool cling of your own design you can stick to any smooth surface!

March 7 - Paint Your Face
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! 

March 8 - Ozobots
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)!

March 9 - TinkerCAD
Let's use the computer to create 3D models and then print them out on the Makerbot Replicator!  This introductory 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!

March 10 - Kahoot!
Join us for a fun interactive Trivia game using the Kahoot! framework as we celebrate the end of Teen Tech Week 2017!

Soldering 3/21 - 3/30 (4 classes)

Join this Project Next Generation class if you want to learn how to solder!  We've got cool electronics kits that light up, drive and scurry.  When you're finished you can take your creation home with you and you'll be an expert in circuitry and soldering!

April


Vinyl Cutter 4/11 - 4/13 (2 classes)
Art meets technology as we create our own artistic designs and then use our Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine to add a whole new level to our work.

Video Game Challenge 4/18 - 4/27 (4 classes)

Try your hand at making a simple video game using Flowlab!

May


Movie Maker Skills: Editing 5/9 - 5/18 (4 classes)
Sure, you can shoot video, but then what do you do with it?  Learn the basics of how to edit video and make better movies!

Movie Maker Skills: Stop-Motion 5/23 - 5/25 (2 classes)

Learn how stop-motion animation works and create your own short stop-motion movie. It's easy and awesome.  Make Ray Harryhausen proud!

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!

March

April


May



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


March


Papercraft & Photography 3/21 - 3/30 (4 classes)

Create a unique papercraft figure, print it, assemble it, photograph it and then Photoshop it!

April


Ozobot Obstacle Course Challenge 4/11 - 4/13 (2 classes)
Use coding techniques you've picked up from our Hour of Code sessions to program our cute Ozobot robots to run an obstacle course (no previous coding experience necessary)!


TinkerCAD - 4/18 - 4/20 (2 classes)
Learn to use the computer to create 3D models and then print them out on the Makerbot Replicator!  This 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.


Paint Your Face 4/25 - 4/27 (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! 

May


Mother's Day Cards 5/9 - 5/11 (2-classes)
Make an awesome card for Mom this Mother's Day using your own creativity and our Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine.

Secret Code Jewelry 5/16 - 5/18 (2-classes)
What does a person's jewelry say about them? In this case, quite a bit!  Make a necklace or bracelet using coded language with a hidden meaning!

Stop-Motion Animation 5/23 - 5/25 (2-classes)

Learn how stop-motion animation works and create your own short stop-motion movie. It's easy and awesome.  Make Ray Harryhausen proud!

BristleBots (MidKids)

Those who battled the story got to battle their bristlebots today! After a lot of wire trimming, everyone had a moving bot as was able to race them around the table. We had a lot of fun tinkering with the battery and motor to see what configuration made the best-moving bot.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Movie Making - Day 6

Home stretch for our movies was today and everyone scrambled to make some final (or not so final) cuts and edits. Not all of us finished, but we all learned the basics of movie making and just how hard it can be.

Be on the look out for future movie making and editing PNG classes to come in the summer!








Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Movie Making - Day 5

The end is in sight!  We have written and shot our movies and now all that remains is to edit them in Adobe Premiere Elements.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hour of Code!

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 all code at our own pace.

Hour of Code sessions are typically at the beginning of each month so keep an eye out for next time!

Movie Making - Day 4

Today we wrapped up shooting our movies!  After we pull the footage off of the video cameras we'll start editing our movies.  That's where the fun begins!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hour of Code (MidKids)

Our staple coding class is back for the MidKids! We used lessons on Code.org ,that teach block coding, in order to help us dip our toes into the vast world of coding.

 Once we feel comfortable with the coding we're doing now, we can move on to a more advanced version of coding that becomes more applicable in the real world.

As kids continue to come, they continue to add to their coding knowledge so be on the look out for future coding classes!

Movie Making - Day 3

Today we started principle photography on our movies!  It was a multi-use set as we filmed against the green screen.  We hit the LIGHTS and Ethan shot stop motion on the opposite side of the green screen while the others shot live action in front of the green screen with the CAMERA on the other side.  There was a lot of ACTION.  Looking forward to seeing the end result in the coming weeks!




Thursday, February 9, 2017

Negative Space Valentine - Day 2 (MidKids)

Today is the day everybody got to let out all their anger onto canvas. After placing our vinyl prints onto the canvas, we painting over them in...creative... fashion. Once the paint dries, we peel the vinyl, revealing an awesome design to show off!

Here are how they turned out!


Movie Making - Day 2

Day two of plotting out our movie is in the books. We continued adding to our stories, while also starting a storyboard to help plan out the filming process. Some even were ahead of the game and started filming!

Next week, we will be all filming our different projects so I am predicting chaos and madness. Our stories all look to be in good shape though. Can't wait to see how these turn out!