Derek, a new employee at the Museum and a local teacher in Pittsburgh, presented a great idea to me a couple of days ago. He wants to make a mechanical version of our circuit blocks. He thinks that it is important to utilize various types of gears to create blocks that visitors can connect together to further explore mechanization. To explain this concept only in words is very confusing.
A couple of Sundays ago, Derek and I spent some time creating a really simple prototype. Hopefully this prototype can help Derek better explain his final goal. I, for one, think that it is a great idea to introduce other forms of mechanics in MAKESHOP other than electricity.The Museum is full of simple machines: inclined planes, pulleys, wheels and axles and gears. Why not let our visitors further explore these machies on a daily basis in MAKESHOP?
The more we make connections to the rest of the Museum, the better. Making connections is an extremely important part of learning. I can’t wait to see the next steps that Derek takes to continue this project.