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Another Youth Maker Night, Another Awesome Animation

We held another of our Youth Maker Nights on August 1st. It seems to be running theme now that a couple of the kids are going to spend time making a stop-motion movie during the night. Above is another example of a very well crafted animation created by three friends. Stop-motion animation is always popular at Youth Maker Night. I think it might be the fact that you get to work together as a team while doing. It also
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Skyworld

Throughout the month of August we built our very own Skyworld. We have made cardboard cities and underwater aquariums but never a world in the sky. What would a Skyworld need? What would be the preferred mode of transportation? Where would people live, eat and work? A lot of these questions were answered throughout the month as visitors added their own creations to Skyworld. We were able to get our Exhibits Team to r
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What is an Armature?

An armature is like a skeleton (sometimes made out of wire) that can be bent and held into certain positions. As a movable sculpture it can be used to make stop-motion animations. Guest Maker Anisha Deshmane visited MAKESHOP on August 16th to explore the process of making armatures with our visitors. We used steel wire and pipe cleaners to make the skeletons and cotton stuffing and colored masking tape to give the sk
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MAKESHOP visits the Strip District

On August 2nd, I got the chance to attend a “Maker Party” at the Society for Contemporary Craft located in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District. First off I must say that the SCC is an amazing space (I had actually never been there before). There are classroom spaces along with gallery and exhibit space with lots of different art on display. If you are ever in the Strip District I highly recommend t
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My two favorite things…

The above photo is a nice visual representation of two of my favorite things happening at once in MAKESHOP. There are a bunch of educators in our workshop and we are making circuit blocks. I love it when the Museum hosts any event or professional development that involves other educators. Earlier in the month of August we held another of our Maker Educator Bootcamps. This bootcamp was a week long event that gave educ
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C.H.I.C.K.E.N.

What do you say when someone says that they want to make an egg-laying robotic chicken? In MAKESHOP we would typically answer that question by first searching through our recycled materials to find just the right thing to make a chicken. Apparently an empty milk carton makes a great chicken shape. The plastic eggs were from a donation of materials brought in by a regular visitor to the Museum. If I had to guess I wou
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