And the winner is …

From the drawing entered by our patrons during the 2019 Ice Cream Social, we selected one lucky winner who took home the grand prize: the Studio 300 3D printed replica of the Saturn V rocket used to take us to the moon. Congratulations to Andersson.

Read about the making of the rocket here.

And our other winner collected her prize of the 3D printed Apollo Lunar Module (LEM), too. Congratulations to Alexa, as well.

2019 Filmmaking Camps

Once again this Summer our Tween and Teen patrons learned about filmmaking during hands-on programs in Studio 300. The Tween group focused on making a short film trailer based upon popular games. They also designed a poster to go along with their imaginative film. The Teens also made trailers. For a second project, they conceived and produced a short film and made posters, too. Enjoy these videos made by our young Fountaindale community members.

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Kindness Day 2019

As part of the 2019 Pioneer Elementary School Kindness Day, people visited Studio 300 to record messages of kindness and gratitude and a few also sent in videos to share. May 18 was declared “Pioneer Elementary School Kindness Day” by Bolingbrook Mayor Roger C. Claar in honor of the school community’s overwhelming kindness towards a young girl who faced “tremendous health challenges.” Her family now wants to share their gratitude for the kindness she received and express how simple acts of kindness were critical to their daughter’s recovery.

Want to share part of this video with someone? Read this article for details on how to do that.

New Maker webpage

We’ve recently updated the main Fountaindale website with a new webpage focused on our Maker Lab inside Studio 300 and related activities. Check it out here. Get information about our machines, upcoming STEAM and Maker events, resources, and even show off what you made. Our new Maker Lab page is ready for you right now.

 

 

Indie Indy Filmmakers

Students and their teacher from the Independence Elementary after school Indy Filmmakers share their work in this inspiring documentary. The “indie Indy” group uses Studio 300 equipment and computers to videotape and edit their short films. They even used our maker lab for their custom t-shirts.

Special thanks to the students and their teacher for kind permission to share this video.

Open Mic Success

On Tuesday, April 9, Studio 300 hosted our first Open Mic Showcase Night. Several brave performers shared their music and poetry during the evening to rave reviews from a supportive and enthusiastic audience.

Our next Open Mic Showcase Night is May 14 in Meeting Room B starting at 7 p.m. If you are interested in performing your acoustic music, poetry, dance, artwork, photography and even short films, you get up to seven minutes, and signup is first come, first served. And, of course, if you wish to support our local artists, you can join the audience, too. At this time, the program is for ages 18 and older only.

Winterfest 2019 Karaoke

Once again Studio 300 hosted a lively program of karaoke at this year’s Bolingbrook Park District’s Winterfest 2019. Performances ranged from old standards to new favorites and everything in-between. All the videos are available on our YouTube channel in four parts by order of performance.

Click to visit the videos: Part OnePart TwoPart Three and Part Four.


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What’s going on?

If you’ve been to Studio 300 lately you might have noticed a small change outside our A/B/C video rooms. You may ask: What is this? Site preparation for a new art installation? Well, the first part of that sentence is correct (not so much the second).

We’ve relocated our book collection to the third floor with all the other adult nonfiction technology books and moved our display case to a different area inside Studio 300. In the blank space, we’re addressing power and computing needs for a minor expansion.

As part of our initiative to fully integrate our maker resources into Studio 300, we’re preparing to construct new counters, cabinets, and storage to better support our desktop fabrication machines.

Keep watching this space to see our plans take shape. Once completed you’ll be able to access all of the maker technology anytime Studio 300 is open. Meanwhile, pardon our dust …