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Kids Making…Adults Playing

A family came into the MakeShop on Thursday and spent quite a lot of time making projects.  Well…The kids made projects, the adults just played.  The kdis worked on two amazing projects that were designed and created by them with no instruction at all.  One was a wooden boat and the other was a stuffed doll.  Both projects were incredible, the two kids utilized everything they could find in the Shop. At the sam
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The Power Flower and Curious Creatures

David Edwards visited the MakeShop a couple of days ago.  He brought along his Power Flower; which is essentially a large, solar powered sculpture in the shape of a giant, metallic flower.  This is a very impressive piece of artwork and it really caught people’s attention when they set foot in the Shop. Dave also brought along with him, what he calls, his Curious Creatures.  These are little bug and mice-like c
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I learned a lot about gears today.

I started putting out a lot of random objects for people to make things out of; wood, wheels, old computer parts and gears.  A Dad and his Son experimented a lot with the gears and a motor I had also put out.  What they were doing really caught my attention.  They had attached one big gear to the motor and the Dad was demonstrating how he could turn other gears with the motorized one.  He started adding different siz
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Graduate Students invade the Shop

Last Wednesday we decided to let a bunch of Graduate Students, from the Katz School of Business at the University of Pitt, come play in the Museum after we closed to the public.  They had a lot of fun. There were all sorts of projects and games to entertain them, the MakeShop served as a boat building factory.  Basically, the students were split into teams and each team had to construct a boat using simple materials
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Shop Bots…the tougher the better.

Well, the Shop Bots have proven to be quite the challenge.  They are a great lesson in modification.  They’re giving me a “Coyote” complex; the Bots are my Road Runner.  Always returning to the drawing board. The Bots suffer a lot of abuse at the hands of our visitors.  But that’s OK, we take it in stride.  Its fun to see to see what broke or didn’t work with each specific Bot.  The real
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A Bicycle Powered Sewing Machine…It Exists…

Visiting Artist, Paul Nosa, came to the Shop last Friday and brought along his Solar Powered Sewing Machine.  He was going to use this contraption in the MakeShop, which is of course inside…So, instead of Sun Power he utilized Pedal Power.  His sewing machine was able to be hooked up to a bike powered generator.  People had to pedal a stationary bike to generate power for his sewing machine.  Brilliant….I
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