Thursday, August 10, 2017

Video Game Development Challenge - Day 4

We had a very chill final class and we added the finishing touches to our games. These games are now playable on this very blog so enjoy! http://www.flowlab.io/game/play/699879http://www.flowlab.io/game/play/641431

Paper Art - Day 2

Home stretch today... We wrapped up our designs and ran them through our vinyl cutter. After that, we got creative and gave them our own unique twist. The results turned out great!

Here are some of them:

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Video Game Development Challenge - Day 3

Video game grind continued today as the two people that showed went straight to work on their games. They will hopefully have a finished product by Thursday that we can download to a mobile device to play!

Paper Art - Day 1

We got started with our paper designs by brainstorming for ideas of what to cut out. After we chose what we wanted to do, we went ahead and opened them in Silhouette Studio, our vinyl cutter design software, and got them ready to cut!

On Thursday, we'll run them through out vinyl cutter.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Video Game Development Challenge - Day 3

We spent most of the first class getting reacquainted with Flowlab.io and finding some inspiration from other games that people have created. Now it's time to get down to the task at hand and make some games!




Ozobot - Hour of Code Madhouse

Today was crazy we hosted an Hour of Code at the same time that we had an ozobots class. I don't think many students realized that the ozobots class was a 2-part class and you are supposed to attend both parts so we had a lot of new faces with people who had to get caught up on how to do everything very quickly. Thankfully some of our students from Tuesday were up to the challenge and helped Ahren teach class!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Video Game Development - Day 1 (Teens)

We had a pretty laid back class today. Only a couple people showed up, but that didn't stop them from starting to explore all that Flowlab can do to create games. Now we have until next Thursday to create our very game!

Ozobots - Day 1 (MidKids)

Nothing beats the feeling of the first PNG class of a new session. Today, we're going back to messing with the Ozobots! These popular, tiny robots are great for learning to code. We got started on building our very own obstacle course, and programmed our bots to go through it.

Thursday we will see which bots can make it through!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Soldering - Day 6

Today was everyone's most dreaded day...troubleshooting day. After completing the main build, we had a couple people who did not have working finished products. We tried to get to work. Some got their kits going, others, unfortunately, didn't. But that's how it can go in the world of soldering. We'll give give soldering another shot in the fall so be on the lookout!

Photoshop Poster Design - Day 4

We wrapped things up today and finished our prints today after a final review of our designs. They turned out great! Here are some of our finished products...

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!