Thursday, January 17, 2019

Stop-Motion Animation: Day 2 - ...then what about 1,000 pictures?

Today is our second day of stop-motion animation. The students got familiar with the cameras and figures in the first class. Had some practice and now it's time to take it to the next level!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Stop-Motion Animation: Day 1 - If a picture is worth 1,000 words...

Today was the first day of Stop-Motion Animation! Students got acquainted with the basics concepts and then it was time to brainstorm ideas!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Hour of Code - January 2019

Was your New Year's resolution to practice your coding skills? If so, you're in the right place. It's our monthly Hour of Code session. We had a variety of activities going on today from Flowlab game creator, to Ozobots to!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Robot Club - January 2019

It's a new year, but we're still working on the same old robot! At this point the robot is all but assembled. Just a few more checks and tweaks to make before we can take it for a spin. Next up, time to start coding the robot to perform tasks on its own!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

TinkerCAD - Day Four

Today was the last day of TinkerCAD!  Hopefully, everyone had a lot of fun and printed out some great trinkets to give out for the holidays!

PNG Classes will resume in 2019!  See you next year!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

TinkerCAD - Day Three

Today was the third day of our four-part TinkerCAD class!  Students have already created a few items to be printed and printing is underway!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

TinkerCAD: Day Two

Today is the second day of our winter TinkerCAD session!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

TinkerCAD: Day One

Time for a festive TinkerCAD class full of good cheer.  We're going to make some seasonal 3D objects to be printed out on our 3D printers!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Hour of Code: December 2018

It's the last Hour of Code session of the year!  Today we had fun playing with Ozobots, continuing our Ozobot Obstacle Course Challenge from last week and attempting to code Ozobots to complete a diabolical maze!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Robot Club: December 2018

It's time for the last Robot Club session of 2018!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

PNG Winter 2019

Technology Classes for Teens

Tuesday & Thursdays @ 4pm

Robot Club (6th grade & up) - 
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 (4th grade & Up) - 
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 and play fun games while learning the fundamentals of basic coding then try your hand on some of our programmable robots!


TinkerCAD (4th grade & Up) - 4-part class - 12/11 - 12/20
Learn to create 3D models and print them out on the Makerbot Replicator!  This class will teach you the basics of 3D design and how to use to create 3D objects that can be printed on any 3D printer.


Stop-Motion Animation (4th grade & Up) - 4-part class - 1/15 - 1/24
Learn how stop-motion animation works and create your own short stop-motion movie. It's easy and awesome.  Make Ray Harryhausen proud!

Photoshop Cut Up (4th grade & Up) - 2-part class - 1/29 - 1/31
Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements to edit and remix photos into crazy, awesome new creations!


Vinyl Cutter (4th grade & Up) 2-part class - 2/12 - 2/14
Design and make a cool vinyl cling using our Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutter and stick it to flat surface.

Mixcraft (4th grade & Up) 4-part class - 2/19 - 2/28
Learn how to use the digital audio creation software Mixcraft and make your own song!

Ozobot Obstacle Course Challenge - Day 2: The Finish Line

We had our first successful run of the Ozobot Obstacle Course Challenge, last time!  Let's see if we can keep it up as the obstacle course continues to grow!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Ozobot Obstacle Course Challenge - Day 1

Today was the first day of our latest Ozobot Obstacle Course Challenge!  The challenge?  Create an obstacle course and then program an ozobot to successfully navigate it.

No one has ever completed an Ozobot Obstacle Course.  Will today be the day?

Monday, November 19, 2018

Last Thing on the Scanner Bed

I went to use the scanner in the PNG room today and there was still a little something sitting on the scanner bed.

Don't know who's it was or what became of it, but I love it!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Tensegrity Structures - Day 2: Tension + Integrity = Tensegrity?

Today was the second day of Tensegrity Structures.  It's a good thing we scheduled two days because the first day was a disaster!  We were following this guide and did not read the part about the straws being the same length as the rubberbands!  So our first attempt our straws were too long and our second attempt, our straws were too short.  This time, like Goldilocks and the 3 bears, they are going to be just right!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Tensegrity Structures - Day 1 - InTense!

Tensegrity Structures!  Simple and complicated!  Today we we created our own tensegrity structures using the same principles as large scale sculptures and architecture.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Hour of Code - November 2018

It's the first full week of the month and that means time to assemble in the PNG room, talk about coding and practice our skills with fun games and activities!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Robot Club - November 2018

Time to pick up where we left off last time and keep on assembling this VEX Clawbot!  Will we be able to get it up and running by the end of class?

Not so much... but getting closer!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

PNG Create-A-Ghost

It's the day before Halloween and we're going to make our own spooky looking ghost out of plastic wrap and packing tape!

TinkerCAD @ Elm Middle School

Today was the second class over at Elm Middle School.  We continued where we left off with the Elm Middle Art Club working on designs they'd already created and also creating some new ones.