Last Friday, the HUB became the hottest karaoke stage in town! We had tons of kids sing some great songs by Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons, and even a song from the movie Frozen. As you can see in the photos below, we had a lot of fun. A bunch of performers wore some pretty nifty costumes (provided by Arlington Heights' Metropolis Performing Arts Center) and some HUB staff was even persuaded to perform.
It's time, ladies and gents. It's time to announce... THE RAFFLE WINNERS FOR MAKE IT: SUMMER 2013!
Many of you took on the Make It challenge, many of you even completed your MakerPads and received a coveted rubber duckie, but only four of you lucky Finishers were destined to have your raffle ticket pulled from the pile.
Before you scroll down to see if you've won (although I'm almost certain you already did... tsk-tsk), know that everyone did a great job this summer and we hope you had a blast completing your MakerPads!
OK. Onto the good stuff...
And the WINNERS are...
CONGRATS! Come on by The Hub and pick up a $50 Gift Certificate for either Maker SHED or ETSY. We have 2 Maker SHED and 2 ETSY Gift Certificates, so whoever comes in first gets their pick!
Hope to see you all in The Hub during this school year! Have a great first day of classes! May you be as happy as Loki riding in the back of a car!
The HUB was hopping last Friday night for the Mario Kart Wii Tournament! We had several Wiis, TVs, and a lot of excited teens revved up and ready to show off their Mario Kart skills. They bounced their karts on the mushrooms of Mushroom Gorge, dodged as many blue shells as possible (a difficult task), and attempted to not fall off of the Rainbow Road.
Alas, there can only be one winner in a tournament and he was lucky enough to walk away with a sweet NES controller messenger bag AND bragging rights!
Our second place winner won a Mario costume - giant mustache and all!
Mario Karting isn't all we did at the program either. While many were competing to stay in the tournament, others were creating Mario-inspired sweets out of Airheads. They were colorful, very sticky, and delicious!
All in all, it was a great Friday night! I mean there was pizza, candy, games, and friends! What more can you ask for?
Yesterday, a group of teens joined us for a whirlwind afternoon of filmmaking. We learned about a few ways to create interesting special effects like magically disappearing and floating objects in our hands with the help of iMovie. We even created some Instagram videos and watched some cool ones online. The last part of the program was spent creating stop motion videos using Stop Motion Studio Pro with Wikki Stix (our DIY Kit for the month) and Legos serving as our props.
This program, as well as our Pop-Up Video program next week are filmmaking programs to help you prepare for our Mini Teen Film Fest next month! Learn about how to submit an entry, film categories, prizes and more about the Mini Teen Film Fest here.
Want to see what we made? Check out the video of the films teens made at Mini Movie Madness below. They're all good candidates for the Mini Teen Film Fest!
Last Friday we had our first-ever Mini Teen Film Fest!
We had a blast gathering in the Hub to watch all the submissions of movies that were 1 minute or less. TAB, our Teen Advisory Board, was also there to judge the films and decide who would be awarded iTunes gift cards and the bragging rights that go with each winner's title.
Here is the list of the prize-winning categories and the films that went with them! Congrats to all the filmmakers for making this such a fun, film-filled night!
Emmy P. for Modern Pan
Here's a picture of Emmy with her iTunes gift cards. She took a photo in our Photo Booth for <3 Your Library Month!
Best Overall Film
Emmy P. for Modern Pan
Best Mini-Themed Film
Peyton M. for Unknown Army
Best Animated or Stop-Motion Film
Melanie T. for A Lady
Best Use of Special Effects
Connor D. for Sea Battle
Most Replay-Button Worthy
David R. for Lego Gentlemen
Best Live Action Video
Will G. and Kevin J. for Epic
Watch all the films we watched that night in the playlist below.
Last Tuesday we had a delicious, colorful, and (at times) messy night at the Nuke Your Food! program. High schoolers met up in the Cardinal Room to create some nommy noms, such as a mug cake! The twist on this cooking class was that we made everything in a mug and just using a microwave.
What was doubly awesome about the night was that we also got to decorate and keep our food receptacles (mugs) using ink-based Sharpies!
All you need to do is buy special ink-based/paint markers, decorate a ceramic mug, and bake it in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees!
Want to eat some delicious noms using just a mug and a microwave? Try out this recipe for the Easy Peasy Mac & Cheesy below! Enjoy!
EASY PEASY MAC & CHEESEY
1/3 cup pasta
1/2 cup water
1/8 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, whatever you’ve got!)
Optional: 1/2 tablespoon butter or margarine
1. Put the pasta and water into your mug and microwave for 2 minutes
2. Stir and put it in the microwave again for 2 minutes (continue to do this until pasta is fully cooked)
3. Add milk and cheese to your mug and microwave for 1 minute
We had a great time at the Holiday Movie Roast program on Friday night. As you can see, we decorated some holiday cookies and busted out our ugliest sweaters (congratulations to contest winners Tessa and Miranda!). The true fun of the evening was roasting the insanely cheesy and unintentionally-hilarious Jingle All the Way. We sent our snark out in the form of text messages, which appeared on the screen with scenes like this:
As you can imagine, finding material to make fun of wasn't too hard. It is almost definitely the most fun anyone has ever had while watching Jingle All the Way.
Last week was Banned Books Week, where we celebrate our right to read and intellectual freedom. In the Hub on Tuesday, September 23rd, we played Dangerous Knowledge: Banned Books Trivia, where we ate pizza and learned tons of weird and hilarious/depressing trivia about books that have been banned or challenged.
Some examples of questions:
Q: What personal account of a girl's life from 1942 - 1944 was banned for "being too depressing"?
This past Saturday, a group of brave teens joined us for Super Awesome Action Hero, a teen program where we highlighted some of the different ways to create special effects for movies. At the program, they made their debut in front of The Studio's green screen, used an app called Action Movie FX (if you have a mobile iOS device, GET THIS APP!), and used iMovie to edit the whole thing!
What's great about special effects (especially green screening) is that you can create some seriously awesome, wacky shots — you can potentially be anywhere and do anything that your budget of $0 may not allow you to do otherwise. Behold...the inspired, action-packed, hilarious, and strange videos from our program!
If you're a teen filmmaker or are interested in teen films, you should totally come to the A.H. Teen Film Fest on August 16th. Submissions for the film fest (including emailing us the link to your film and sending in your form entry) are due this Friday the 9th! There'll be an after party just for teens from 7-9 p.m. and it'll be a blast! To find out more, click here!
Last Thursday, the AHML Studio was a hotbed of creativity. A bunch of aspiring musicians and producers showed up for our Become a Remix Master program, and took what was originally a pretty simple, unoriginal, and dumb song (we literally titled it DUMB SONG) and used the Studio's tools to alter and adjust different parts of the song into some really exciting and original remixes.
(All of this practice as producers and remixers gave teens the skills they need for our Battle of the Recorded Bands, where teen musicians record and submit songs to win awesome prizes like TicketMaster gift cards, raffles from Guitar Center, and chances to perform at HUB programs. If you're interested in participating, check out the site or send us an email.)
We first went over how the song was created in Garage Band. Give the original DUMB SONG a listen:
We learned how to change instruments, adjust the tempo, and overlay filters using GarageBand. Then the teens each got a copy of the original DUMB SONG file and took over the Studio.
Using some of the awesome Studio tools like our vocal booth and instruments, they each made their own remixes. Teens only had about an hour and a half to remix. Some remixes ended up being more different or similar to the originals, or that much more complex, depending on what directions and tools teens decided to go with. Teens changed up the instruments, wrote new musical parts, and even did some super creative things with sound effects.
So here they are, some awesome teen remixes. Despite their titles, these songs are notably NOT dumb.
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