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Allen’s Monorail

Another sewing story from the week involves my friend Allen (four years old) and his mom, two very regular visitors to the Museum. I have known Allen’s family since before he was born. He seems to have inherited his older brothers sense for planning. He comes in every week (sometimes twice a week) with his mom after preschool and he always has a plan for what he wants to make or explore. This week he wanted to build
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Chain Reactions and Animations

At the beginning of October we hosted yet another Youth Make event. During the night a lot of different projects were worked on by the kids and staff. Our wooden sewing model was given a suit of armor for its Halloween costume. There were a couple of sewing projects created during the night. As usual the kids hung out, ate a lot of pizza and made things. The main theme of the night was chain reactions and ramps. The
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Return Visitors

The end of August brings a lot of visitors to the Museum who are trying to get one last fun activity out of their summer vacation.  With this particular family they decided to get two activities out of the end of their vacation.  Allison and her father were visiting Pittsburgh from Buffalo and happened to stop by MAKESHOP during their stay.  Allison spent a long time designing and sewing a really nice change purse.  
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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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