“Thanks to the resources at the Maker Lab inside Studio 300, the Bolingbrook Garden Club won the Mayor’s trophy at the September 8, 2019 Pathways Parade. We were able to make custom T-shirts, print pictures used in our display, and craft vinyl lettering for the float. The Garden Club also used Studio 300 meeting rooms for our planning sessions.”
Congratulations to the club’s members on winning their trophy this year and thanks for sharing their winning strategy with us all.
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.
Step 1. Using the template (Download Succulent Template here) cut out the pieces of felt. When you print the template make sure you choose actual size instead of fit for print or your pieces will be very large. You should have 3 sizes of petals. Note: If you wish to use chalk pastels color the felt before gluing.
Step 2. Take one of the smallest petals and place a bead of hot glue near the bottom. Pinch it together until the glue cools. Use a low temp glue gun for the best results (and safety!). Starting with the smallest petals build up your succulent and keep petals evenly spaced. When you run out of the smallest petals go to the medium petals. Continue building up your succulent. Finally use the larger petals and finish the last layers.
Your finished design can be used in many different ways. For example, we finished our project by gluing them into mini clay pots.
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 …
Studio 300 has added new equipment for our patrons to explore the makerspace world and a club to build projects together.
Adult Makers Club
This club is for our adult patrons to get together and geek out with Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, coding, and other electronics. Our first project (June 28) will be setting up a “Simon” emulation game. You can also experiment with other kits and projects. Join us for the club and let’s discover together. The Adult Makers Club meets June 28th, July 26th, and August 31. Sign-up here.
The SparkFun Inventors Kit
A basic Arduino kit that comes with a variety of sensors, LEDs, and motors. There’s even an instruction guide with 16 different projects to get you started with basic wiring and coding.
The SainSmart Ultimate Arduino Starter Kit
Includes a larger variety of sensors and input devices along with 20 different projects to try out. The coding can be more challenging than the SparkFun projects.
Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3
These tiny computers run Linux and plug right into a monitor and use a keyboard and mouse. Includes some basic software so you can get started experimenting on this platform.