Thursday, March 29, 2018

LED Origami Frogs - Day 2 (MidKids)

We wrapped up our LED frogs today after struggling a bit with our batteries. The positioning got a bit finicky at times, but we tinkered with our frogs and got them to light up! Some of us didn't get it to stay on, unfortunately. We all learned about currents, LEDs, and oragami though...and we have cool flipping frogs to prove it!

LED Origami Frogs - Day 2 (teens)

Our frogs came to life today! After much experimenting, we figured out the best place to put our LED leads and batteries. Now, we get to take home our LED frogs to show off to everyone

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

LED Origami Frogs - Day 1 (MidKids)

Today was the first day of LED origami Frogs.  We found the idea here:

Today we practiced making the frog origami with a piece of scrap paper and then gave it a try for real with a nicer piece of paper.

Next time, we'll add the LEDs and the battery and make it hop!

LED Origami Frogs - Day 1 (teens)

Today was the first day of LED origami Frogs.  We found the idea here:

Today we practiced making the frog origami with a piece of scrap paper and then gave it a try for real with a nicer piece of paper.

Next time, we'll add the LEDs and the battery and make it hop!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Robot Club

Second one of the month today and we picked up right where we left off. We got the jist of everything again and re familiarized ourselves with ROBOTIC, the program we use to code our robot. We set up some challenges for our robot to accomplish. We may have not achieved them all, but we were close. We have have taken a small step backwards however, as when configuring the joystick, we lost the connection between the joystick and robot!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

TinkerCAD - Day 4

It was time to wrap up today! Most people already had a design complete or nearly complete so today was all about adding the fine details. We began the long printing process and everyone should hopefully have their designs by next week!

Stop Motion Animation - Day 4

Today was our last day and we got to play around with Adobe Premiere a little more. We learned how to insert background music and played with the effects. We managed to finish a decent video and learned a lot while doing it!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Trinity HS - TinkerCAD Special Edition

We had a special 2 and a half hour class today exclusively made up of students from Trinity High School!

Students were tasked with creating a 3D model of a logo of their own design.  Most of the students hadn't used TinkerCAD much before arriving and it was awesome to watch them pick it up and become instant pros!

We had a lot of fun, and learned a lot too.  Can't wait to print out all of the logos and do it again!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

TinkerCAD - Day 3

We are all getting close to having a finished product! Some of us messed around with converting jpeg images to files that can be read by TinkerCAD. Some people even finished their designs and started new ones!

We will wrap up on Thursday!

Stop Motion Animation - Day 3

We had to race against the clock today. With only one day left after today, we needed to finish up our production and start editing if we want to have a chance at having a finished project.

We began editing and that process will take us into next Tuesday, where we will hopefully have a finished product!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Teen Tech Week - Makey Makey

We are pulling the old Makey Makey's out from the cabinet for a quick one day demonstration to end our Teen Tech Week. We all saw the instructional video showing us all of the Makey Makey's possibilities, so today we got to try them out!

Some people used the Makey Makey as a control to play games. Others used it as a piano or bongo. But sadly, nobody made a banana piano.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

TinkerCAD - Day 2 (MidKids)

We continued our CAD projects today and all of us now have some really good idea of what we're making this time around. We have people making planes, cars, fidget spinners, and a whole bunch of  other stuff.

The designs are looking good!

Stop Motion Animation - Day 2

Today we continued our stop motion projects. One group was able to finish a small project they started Tuesday to get the hang of Adobe Premiere, while the other group embarked on a big project with a white screen to add backgrounds.

We shall continue next Tuesday with our projects!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Teen Tech Week - Kano Computer Kits

We continued our Teen Tech Week with our Kano computer kits! These kits gave everyone some basic computer building experience and everyone could use some coding software will playing Minecraft. Who doesn't love that?

We'll conclude our Teen Tech Week on Friday with a Makey Makey class!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

TinkerCAD - Day 1 (MidKids)

TinkerCAD is back! This time around, we have zero limitations on our creativity. Those that have never done a TinkerCAD before went through a couple quick lessons to catch up with the pros.

Thursday, we will continue to build on our ideas from today!

Stop Motion Animation - Day 1 (Teens)

The Oscars were just this past weekend, so what better way to celebrate than to make a movie of our own? We are going to use action figures we had laying around and cameras to make a stop motion animation film!

Today was all about planning. Thursday we will begin shooting!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Teen Tech Week - Ozobots

Today marks an annual holiday here at EPPL: Teen Tech Week! All this week, we will have introductory classes to spread tech awareness. Today, we had an open room and let people come in and try out our Ozobots, whether it was for 5 minutes or 50 minutes. We all had a good time trying to get the bot to not fall off of our study room table.

Next up on the Teen Tech Week calendar is Makey Makey's!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Robot Club

The first day of the new spring session and the first day of Robot Club!  We worked hard to pick up where we left off last time and created a new shared notebook to make sure we write down all of our ideas and notes so that we're not so lost again next time.

Speaking of next time we're now running Robot Club twice a month!  So hopefully, with less time passing between classes we can really keep the momentum up!