Project Next Generation: Imagine, Innovate, Inspire

The Brimfield Public Library has been awarded the Project Next Generation Grant by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White for the sixth year in a row. Project Next Generation (PNG) is an initiative that strives to empower young people ages 10-18 by giving them access to new technologies, technology training, and mentors.  

PNG workshops at the Brimfield Public Library introduce participants to a wide range of technology skills and related STEAM careers. Check out the Events below, our Facebook page, call 309-446-9575, or email khahn@brimfieldlibrary.org for more information about upcoming workshops. Workshops are free, but participants must register. Students can also stop by the library and talk to staff about how they can use our 3D printers and pens, cameras, computers, design software, robots, and other technology during after school and weekend library hours.


Funding for PNG is provided through a Library Services and Technology Act Grant administered by the Illinois State Library using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. You can visit the State Library of Illinois for more information about PNG.

Events

Video Game Design with Makey Makey (RR)
Grades 4-6
Tuesday, October 6 & Tuesday, October 13 6:30-7:30 on Zoom

Design your own version of Space Invaders in Scratch and build game controllers using a Makey makey kit.  During the first Zoom session on October 6 you will build your controllers and learn how to modify and play an existing game built in Scratch.  During the second session on October 13 you will build a new game from the ground up.  To participate, you need a computer or laptop with Internet access.  Register to receive the Zoom link and reserve a kit with a Makey Makey and supplies to make your controllers.  Kits will be available for checkout and pickup September 28-October 6.  Makey Makey components need to be returned to the library by October 20.

Exploring Electrical Circuits with Tinercad and Breadboards (RR)
Grades 6-8
Tuesday, October 20 6:30-7:30 on Zoom

Model a virtual electrical circuit in Tinkercad and then build one in real life with a breadboard.  During this Zoom session you will learn how to make a LED light turn on and a motor spin.  To participate, you need a computer or laptop with Internet access. Register to receive the Zoom link and reserve your breadboard kit.  Kits will be available for checkout and pickup October 12-20.  Breadboards and components need to be returned to the library by October 27.  

Technology

With our equipment and software, you can make videos, 3D models, robots, game worlds, art, crafts, and more! Ask a librarian about how you can use the resources listed below to make your ideas reality.

Software and Apps

  • Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Animate
  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Character Animator
  • Adobe Dimension
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premier Pro
  • Adobe Spark
  • Adobe XD
  • Cura
  • Garage Band
  • Green Screen
  • GS Wizard
  • iMovie
  • Mindstorms Education EV3
  • 8 Minecraft Accounts
  • PTC Creo
  • Sphero EDU
  • Stop Motion

Hardware

  • 4 Macs/17 PCs
  • 8 iPads
  • Headphones
  • LulzBot Taz 6 3D Printer
  • LulzBot Mini 2 3D Printer
  • 6 3Doodler Start 3D Pens
  • 6 Canon Rebel T5i Cameras
  • 1 Canon XA30 Video Camera
  • Tripods
  • Lighting Kit
  • External Mic and Boom
  • Green Screen
  • 5 LEGO Mindstorm EV3 Robots
  • 6 Ozobot Robots
  • 12 Sphero Robots
  • 2 Arduino Starter Kits
  • Silhouette Cutting Machine
  • 1" Button Press
  • 2.25" Button Press