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Let the Materials do the Talking…Let the Kids Teach.

I have to first give credit to Mandy, Laura and Finn for inpsiring this post.  Thanks guys… First things first, taking things apart is a lot of fun.  I’ve discussed this idea in previous posts.  To take something apart is to learn how something works; plain and simple.  Using working components from a broken object and repurposing them is such a fun activity.  Those two ideas, taking something apart and r
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New Motto: Motorize Everything

Well, we decided to test out our old Brush Bots (which are, essentially, motorized brushes that scoot about the floor) with out any suprvision from the staff.  Basically, we let the visitors play with them however they wanted.  It turns out that our Bots were not tough enough to survive an entire day with our visitors. Back to the drawing board… The MakeShop Interns and I decided to try and make the Bots toughe
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Working with what we have or: Becoming a MakeShop Scavenger

Daniel, a regular visitor to the Museum, helped me realize that you can seriously start to develop an entirely new project right on the Museum floor in front of visitors and staff alike.  The Curcuit blocks are back and Electricity is the Theme of the MakeShop currently.  For about two hours on Sunday Physics and Prototyping became the main attraction, at least for Daniel and I.  This entire Experiment was spurred on
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Sewing Circuits

Another Sunday another new project to play around with at the Museum.  No more woodworking in the Shop for now, back to electricity.  Electricity mixed with sewing.  I love it when different projects mix different themes and ideas.  The project for the day was creating fabric bracelets with with light up LED’s. A great group of kids signed up for the first workshop of the day; Joyce, Paul, Daniel and their Dad.
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a Sunday spent Prototyping is a Sunday spent playing

I love it when there are new toys to play with at the Museum; this Sunday presented me with not one but two.  I already knew about the DIY Pinball created by Felix in the MakeShop; I briefly played with it on Saturday and made it clear that I would spend all day Sunday playing with the thing if time allowed.  Little did I know that another project would also make an appearance on the Floor on Sunday; a protoype Tough
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Fifth Period: Shop Class

Every Sunday I find myself venturing into the MakeShop just to see what’s going on.  Lately we’ve been allowing visitors to experiment and build using wood.  Visitors are able to create whatever kind of project they want using our tools and materials. First off, visitors are asked to draw up a blueprint of their project.  Visualizing your project is incredibly important.  From there visitors are able to s
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