The great thing about Pittsburgh is the size of the city and the enthusiasm of its people. Pittsburgh is the right size to allow for collaboration between many individuals and organizations. This is especially true in regard to the people who are offering art and technology opportunities to children, youth and families. Although we work with many different individuals and organizations throughout the greater Pittsburgh area, one of our favorites is Assemble.
Assemble, located in the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh, is a community space for arts and technology. They host and sponsor so many great events that are interesting, informative and fun! One of these events is a monthly Learning Party which brings together different artists, makers, individuals and organizations. At these parties, community members can drop by and participate in a variety of activities that are offered by the participants.
We had the great pleasure to attend the May learning party. This party was themed “Circuits and Contraptions,” which was right up our alley! We decided to create shop bots using basic circuitry and motors to make recycled materials such as bottles or boxes to vibrate or shake. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it and we had a blast!
If you haven’t heard of or been to Assemble yet, then you are missing out! Check out their website and Facebook page for more information. Also, they are having a fundraiser on May 18th. It’s a MakerDate auction pairing individuals with skilled makers to learn something new. Check out the event!