Posts tagged with "techy"

Posted by alice on 05/28/13
A chill just ran down my spine and it's 73º out in Arlington Heights.  This can only mean one thing... it's time for finals.
 
Finals week was something I dreaded every semester.  A week of tests is not something I look forward to, personally.  But I know from speaking to the high schoolers who come into The Hub, that it's a time that some of you actually don't mind.  One last push of pure effort and then you're rewarded with summer vacation, after all!
 
Well if you're studying for finals in these next couple of weeks, I wanted to share some awesome study tools with you to (possibly) help you study!
 
Noises to Help You Study
 
Apps to Help You Study
 
A Place to Help You Study
We're transforming The Hub into a Finals Study Lounge!  So come by The Hub and get your study on!  We'll also have snacks from Whole Foods and special relaxation sessions!
 
Saturday, June 1 from 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Sunday, June 2 from 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM  [Therapy Dogs from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM]
Monday, June 3 from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday, June 4 from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM [Yoga Session from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM]
Wednesday, June 5 from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM [Yoga Session from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM]
Thursday, June 6 from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
 

Posted by Trixie on 09/08/13
You know how Tony Stark uses a cool, holographic computer to manipulate 3D models in the Iron Man trilogy and The Avengers? Well, the real-life "Tony Stark" was inspired by the movie and actually invented modeling software and an interface that allows a user to do that and more!
 
Billionaire Elon Musk, the inspiration for Iron Man's alter ego Tony Stark and SpaceX CEO, unveiled video of this technology, what Musk calls immersive virtual reality, a couple of days ago. Watch the video below to see a rocket part 3D modeled using a holograph and hand gestures. Then see it 3D printed in titanium! Pretty cool, huh? Now, someone just needs to invent a Garbo Mansion à la Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series complete with talking and clothes producing walls...sans The Surge and Specials of course!
 
(Source: Venture Beat)
 

Posted by alice on 01/24/14
 
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!
 

Posted by alice on 02/28/14
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!
 
Audience Favorite
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.
 
 

Posted by alice on 11/12/13
 
I love music.  Like, I can't function correctly throughout the day if I don't listen to music.  I need it to study, I need it to write, I need it to [insert daily task here].  It's kind of important to my well-being.
 
Since the invention of apps for smart phones, I've piled loads of different music-related apps onto my phone.  Here are my top 5 right now!
 
  1. Spotify
    Play basically any song you can think of on demand! It does cost a monthly fee to use on your phone, but I like the ability of playing music wherever I am.  The good news is if you download it on your computer, you can use it for free and that's kind of awesome!
     
  2. Shazam
    Ever hear a song and just can't quite remember who sings it?  That is absolutely the worst feeling ever!  Or maybe you really like a song and want to remember to get it later.  With this app, all you have to do is press a button and your phone will listen to the song through the microphone and tell you what it is!
     
  3. Soundhound
    This app does the same thing as Shazam for the most part, except you can hum a tune into your phone's microphone and it'll try and tell you what it is.  This fixes all those instances when you have a song stuck in your head but you don't remember where you heard it from.  Hopefully you're a decent enough singer to get it to work.  Fingers crossed.
     
  4. Band of the Day
    Craving something new?  This app highlights a band a day.  It plays songs by that artist with no commercials all day long.  Yum, mmmmmusic.
     
  5. Songza
    Music can sometimes intensify the way you feel.  And sometimes you want to just feel a certain way.  Songza helps with that.  You can choose a radio station to relax, for super mega dance parties, and even for singing in the shower!
 
So there you have it.  My list.  If you know any apps that aren't on this list, please feel free to let us know!  We're @HUB500 on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  You can, of course, always come into the Hub and tell us about them in person too!
 
ALSO... all you music fans may be interested in winning 2 tickets to LOLLAPALOOZA 2014!  Check out the details here http://www.ahml.info/teens/billboard/win-tickets-lollapalooza
 
Hooray for music!
 

Posted by alice on 08/07/13
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!
 

Posted by alice on 07/30/13
Are you submitting a film to the A.H. Teen Film Fest?  If not, you totally should!  It's going to be a fun night where we'll screen the films entered, hand out prizes, and have an awesome after party!  Click here if you want more details.
 
While you're shooting your film, you should consider the importance of lighting your actors and sets.  Depending on where the light source is coming from, you can really set a different mood for your scene.
 
Filmmaker Nacho Guzman created this video to illustrate how integral lighting is in making a film.  It provides a really interesting insight in the role light plays in film, and also is just super cool to watch.
 
 
 
 

Posted by alice on 06/04/13

Attention all you writers out there!  Ready to get your creative juices flowing?  The Hub wants to challenge you to write an awesome, epic story!  The catch?  It has to be exactly 120 characters: no more, no less.

The Challenge: Write a comedy or horror story that consists of exactly 120 characters.

Requirements: Follow us @HUB500 and tweet it to us with the hashtag #ahmlwriter.  That should leave you 120 characters to write your story!

The Prize: A $20 gift card for AMC Theaters will be awarded to two winners.
  • 1 winner for Best Comedy Story
  • 1 winner for Best Horror Story
 
Submissions accepted from Now - June 30, 2013

Challenge accepted?  Challenge accepted!
 

Posted by alice on 07/09/13
 
Oh my tweet!  We had some great submissions for the Tweet a Tale contest for June.  You ladies and gents did not have much space to write, but you all dared us to read in between the lines and get so much out of just 120 characters!  Kudos to everyone!  BUT... we can only have two winners, folks.
 
Behold... the winning tweets below!  Congrats!
 
For Best Comedy Story
 
For Best Horror Story
 
Want another shot at one of our contests? You're in luck! Check out this Photo Scavenger Hunt that's happening now and win another spectacular prize!
 

Posted by alice on 05/19/14
Think back on the year. In 2013/2014 what video game has made the biggest impact?
 
The arguable answer: Flappy Bird.
 
Sadly, it's no longer available in the App Store because the developer decided it was too addicting. But if you've never played before, you may be in luck. It looks like Flappy Bird may be coming back in an official way. Multiplayer Flappy Bird? WHAT?!
 
When Flappy Bird went away in February, there were a zillion (may be an overestimation) Flappy Bird clones made to fill the void. At the Use the Force: Code Your Own Video Game program, we created one of these clones and STAR WARS-ed it!
 
We created the game using a program called Construct 2 which you can download for free! The tutorial for making a Flappy Bird clone for Construct 2 can be found here.
 
 
We started out using an X-Wing in place of a bird, and Death Star pipes in place of Flappy Bird pipes.
 
And then we went Star Wars happy on all the different sprites....
 
 
 
 
Be careful, Boba Fett! Beware of the giant Chewies!
 
Want more Star Wars?
Come make a Chewbacca, Yoda, Darth Vader, C3PO and Jabba the Hutt finger puppet in The Hub's DIY area!