Posted by alice on 07.02.13

 
Who doesn't enjoy receiving a greeting card?  Birthday cards, Get Well cards, Just Sayin' Hello cards... they can all put a smile on the recipient's face.  
 
The greeting cards we created on Saturday at the DIY: LED Greeting Cards program must've put a huge, toothy smile on some special recipient's face then.  We used Bare Paint conductive ink, a battery, LEDs, and some knowledge of circuitry to create greeting cards that light up!
 
Missed the program or need a re-cap?  You can find the instructions on how to create your own LED Greeting Cards below, or, you can purchase a kit from sparkfun.com
 
1. Use the robot templates that come with the kit or create your own design on a blank paper.
2. Cut off a small strip of paper. This will be used for the “switch” later on.
3. Use the push pin to punch holes for the battery and LED prongs.
4. Trace the black lines on the templates (if using the robot drawings) with the Bare Paint pen.
5. WAIT FOR THE INK TO DRY!!!!
6. Place the battery into one of the pairs of holes and the LED into the other. Flatten them out at a 90 degree angle.
7. Make sure that the legs match, long LED leg to long battery leg and the same for the short legs.
8. Remember that strip of paper from step 2?  We’re using it now.  Glue it to the spot shown in the picture. This is how the “circuit” will be completed.
9. Add a blob of ink to the switch and wait for it to dry.
10. To turn it on simply press the switch down to complete the circuit!
 
As always, if you have any questions on this program, feel free to drop by The Hub and ask one of our staff!
 
DIY, DIY, programs




Posted by alice on 06.13.13

Come on by The HUB and say hello to Mary Ellen!  She'll be around The HUB this summer, keeping cool and being cool like the rest of us.  If you show her an awesome handshake, your best air guitar, or a funny YouTube video, you'll get some candy.  Yup... CANDY!
 
 
ME Podmokly - Volunteer
Likes: words, winks, accents, espionage, cool breezes, pretzels
Dislikes: gas prices, illegible handwriting, being photographed, my laugh
Loves: music, reading (dystopian, mystery, historical), sunshine and patios, water, festivals
Superpower: teen lie detector
Superpower wish: invisibility
 
Want to learn more about our other staff?  Click here, come in, and say hi!
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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 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 alice on 05.21.13

Teen Film Fest
 
So it's not exactly summer yet, but you can feel it in the air, right?  We're finally putting away our coats and boots and bringing out the shorts and sandals!  But, you ladies and gents probably know better than most that summer isn't just about the nice weather.  It's also about all the extra free time you get to do things!  This might mean finally reading that book, trying out that recipe, visiting a friend who lives far away, or writing the first pages of the next great American novel.  
 
Well, I come bearing good news!  Add making a film to that list of things you can finally do!  Whether you're a full-on aspiring filmmaker or are curious but a little hesitant about filmmaking, you should take a chance, create a film, and submit it for the Arlington Heights Teen Film Fest!  We are seriously excited to see what you can create — especially after seeing all the great short films in the festival last year.  
 
So summer is on its way, and hopefully it'll inspire you to create something great!
 
Check out some of the highlights from last year's Teen Film Fest in the video below!
 
 
 




Posted by alice on 05.14.13

You probably read the title of this post and thought, "What?!" and "Typo?"  Nope, that's not a typo.  Believe it or not, that craziness you see in the title is actually a sentence... and it's grammatically correct!  Crazy right?
 
So what does it all mean?
 
Well the sentence utilizes 3 different uses of the word buffalo.
 
1) This little guy...
 
 
2) This place in New York...
 
 
 
 
3) A verb meaning to bully...
 
So what does it all mean put together?  Honestly, it's pretty difficult to describe.  Something about buffalos in Buffalo being bullied by other buffalos?
 
Check out this link.  They actually explain it a lot better than I do.
 
So yeah, the English language is crazy!  Just wanted to let you all know.




Posted by alice on 04.30.13

 
First there was Angry Birds way back in 2010 (or a million years ago in app times), then there was Cut the Rope, Draw Something, and now comes Candy Crush Saga to ruin my life.  
 
This has always been the case with me.  A little puzzle or word game takes over my life and I find that I haven't seen or spoken to anyone for hours or days.  When games started showing up on phones, starting with my super old Nokia that featured The Snake Game, this problem only became worse.  Do I regret it?  Was my time spent poorly?  Maybe...I guess...probably.
 
But that doesn't mean that game apps on phones are completely a bad thing!  I say...if you need a little break from your homework or are just bored out of your mind, go ahead and download the Candy Crush Saga app.  It's a puzzle game that's similar to Bejeweled, but with candy and fun characters.  To sum it up, this app is cute to look at, has a hilarious voiceover man, and is highly addictive.  So as long as you don't fall into the same trap as I do for games like this, you'll be fine. 
 
But yeah, play at your own risk!
 




Posted by alice on 04.23.13

Most of us have probably only experienced outer space through books, movies, and Angry Birds Space, but that doesn't make the real thing any less awesome!  Sure it's super cool to imagine what's out there, but the reality of outer space is even more mind-bending sometimes, in my opinion.
 
Check out this video of what it's like to wring out water from a washcloth in space.
 
Spoiler alert: It's nothing like it is here on our home planet.
 
 
I want to go!  Anyone want to lend me $200,000 so that I can?
 
cool, space




Posted by alice on 04.16.13

Raven Boys Book Cover
Have you ever been to a psychic?  Well, I've only been once, and it was a very surreal experience.  You go in, and if you're a skeptic like me, you try and not believe anything the psychic tells you.  I mean, are they really for real?  Really?  Really?  With the internet and Google Glass becoming a reality, what if the psychic is just doing some crazy web researching while you're sitting there?  Skeptic or not, it really is a thrilling experience and you get chills if anything the psychic says rings even close to home.  (You're right, I do know a person named John Smith!)
 
Well, in the world of The Raven Boys, psychics are real.  Like real.  Real.
 
No one knows this better than Blue Sargent, a high schooler who comes from a family of psychics.  Her mother is a psychic, her aunt is a psychic, but Blue doesn't seem to have the same third sight as the rest of her family.  That doesn't mean she doesn't know what's coming for her though.  She's told some pretty bad news: "If Blue was to kiss her true love, he would die."  Serious bummer.
 
When her mysterious aunt comes to town, she tells Blue some even more troubling news: "This is the year you'll fall in love."  Double bummer.
 
Blue initially isn't so worried by these dark omens.  I mean, obviously she wishes it wasn't the case, but she basically resigns herself to live a life without falling for anyone, and definitely not to kiss anyone she thinks she's falling for.  But things get difficult when she befriends a group of wealthy boys, known as the Raven Boys, from the local swanky, private school called Aglionby.  She quickly comes to realize that it's definitely fate that brings her and these boys together, which may mean the end of one of their lives.
 
The Raven Boys is an eerie story full of mystery, unsettling coincidences, and magic.  It isn't just a story about Blue and the love she may or may not kill either!  Each of the Raven Boys has an interesting backstory that makes you realize that money is something, but it isn't everything.  Some of these Raven Boys are born with privilege, some make themselves privileged, and some will do anything for privilege.
 
This book is the first in a series and the twist ending will leave you antsy for the second one!




Posted by alice on 04.09.13

 
Chicago has a lot of names: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi-Town... but I like to call it home.  
 
Now even though you may not live in the city limits, you know as well as any person who lives in the suburbs that when you go on vacation you always tell people you're from Chicago.  It's just easier, right?
 
Well this slightly warmer weather of late got me driving down Lake Shore Drive, and it was glorious!  The weather was beautiful (what I like to call sweatshirt weather) and it was approaching dusk so all the city lights were beginning to turn on.  It just made me appreciate living in this beautiful city.
 
If you're feeling love for Chicago, I would check out these links.
 
A photographer who takes some really wonderful shots of Chicago.
 

A documentary where quintessential Brit, Stephen Fry, goes on a cross country road trip throughout the states.  The video above shows the portion where he visits Chicago, but the whole series is really worth the watch.  You can find it here at the library!
 
Rocco Buttliere, a teenager from Buffalo Grove, builds amazing replicas of the city's most recognizable buildings!
 
Image Credit: Nick Gerber