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Behind the Scenes of WHEELS

A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about the prototyping we were doing for some of the components of our new exhibit Wheels! The pictures above give a behind the scenes look at the exhibit being constructed. The little plastic skate ramp we prototyped has transformed into a massive installation. Our workshop is full of wheels. I cannot wait to see the finished exhibit. It is going to be a lot of fun for our visitors an
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Persistent Sculptures

A couple of days ago a brother and sister visited the MAKESHOP several times. They created a couple of interesting projects. What was really interesting was the amount of times they visited the MAKESHOP in one day. They continued to work on their projects on and off throughout the day. The younger brother worked on an “on-going” sculpture that posed a lot of design and balance challenges. By the end of th
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Functionality

During one of our open woodworking sessions, a young girl approached me and explained that she wanted to build an hour glass. I asked her why she wanted to build that specific project. She told me about how her younger brother broke the hour glass from one of her board games. She was hoping to create a new one in the MAKESHOP. I told her that I have never built an hour glass before, but I was really excited to try. W
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A World Without Wheels

What happens when you limit certain materials?  Say you run out of wooden wheels; an absolute staple material while running an open wood shop.  Honestly, it leads to some pretty cool projects. I had several visitors who were initially going to make simple wooden cars.  When they were told that there were no wheels for their projects they decided to create something different.  These projects were so much fun to help
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Making Mistakes…

A couple of days ago two fifteen year olds visited the Museum.  They approached me in the MAKESHOP and asked if they could make something.  Their plan was to make an electric-powered car.  They explained to me that they had about three hours to spend at the Museum and they really wanted to spend that entire time in the MAKESHOP so that they could make something.  So, we began a journey that would be filled with mista
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Watching It Come Apart

We recently let visitors take apart and explore the inner workings of a broken printer/copier.  The piece was generously donated to the MAKESHOP by our Visitor’s Services Department. This was a big project that spanned several days.  It was a lot of fun dismantling these devices.  Taking something apart is a great way to develop visitors’ curiosity for exploring the world around them.  If you take somethi
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