Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Teen Tech Week: Papercraft

Print a 3 dimensional object without a 3D printer! Here's how:

We're going to first create a three-dimensional object in TinkerCAD. Be careful not to use any round shapes, or you won't be able to turn your design into a papercraft. If you get stuck, TinkerCAD's tutorial is helpful, as is your handy librarian!

Next, we're going download our TinkerCAD creation. Click "Download for 3D Printing" and select the .obj or .stl file type, saving it to the desktop. Open up Peppakura, then open your saved file and "unfold" your design. 

Great! Now you're ready to print your design! But first, you may want to save your work. The free version of Peppakura, which we're using, doesn't allow you save. However, you can get around that by using Cute PDF.

Once its printed, you can cut out your creation and turn your virtual idea into a real, 3D object!

The Programs we're using are:

Cute PDF

This guide and program are based on this instructable: 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Teen Tech Week: Book Trailers!

Book trailers are essentially "movie trailers" for books. They let you share your excitement for your favorite title, and are more interesting than just giving your friends a summary. We'll share our finished trailers on the library website, and the best trailer may win a prize! 

Quick tips for a great trailer:

  • keep it short: there's some great book trailers over 5 min long, but its usually better to keep your trailer around 2-3 mins. 
  • Make sure to leave the text on the screen long enough for your audience to read it! 

Copyright and fair use sound intimidating and confusing, but it doesn't have to be. Since we aren't trying to sell anything and this is an educational purpose, we're covered by fair use. That means you can use copyright images and video clips, but you have to attribute where they came from, and there's a limit to how long of a video clip you can use. Its much easier (and safer) to use images and media (music, images, etc) licensed under creative commons. 

The sites listed below have free-to-use music and images. You still have to say where each came from! However, this is the easy part--just list the images/music and their sources at the end of your trailer. 

Example Trailer:

Image Resources:

Music Resources:

Copyright Can be Fun (?!)
Cover of comic, superhero with video camera and creative commons shield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Teen Tech Week 2015!

Teen Tech Week is next week - March 9 - March 13. This year's theme is "Libraries are for Making...."  To celebrate, we'll have a different techie and maker themed activity in the Teen Center from 4:30-6:00 PM at the Main Library each day Monday - Friday.  Here's the scoop on what's going on each day:

Monday March 9th | Video Editing: Make a trailer for your favorite book
Tuesday March 10th | Green Screen: Have fun with our green screen photo booth
Wednesday March 11th | 3D Paper Print: Learn to print and fold 3D designs with Pepakura
Thursday March 12th | Binary Code: Use binary code to create jewelry with a message
Friday March 13th | Minecraft: Join a Hunger Games inspired local tournament

Hope to see you next week!

Friday, August 1, 2014

TAB Picks - August 2014

New Teen Picks List is out for August - this month we're featuring Vidura's Picks. See his full list of picks in the library's online catalog by clicking here or searching the catalog for "tab_viduraspicks"