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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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Visitors to the MAKESHOP

A couple of days ago members from our Visitor Services Department visited the MAKESHOP and spent some time making things. We were doing woodworking  that day. There were some interesting creations made by the employees who work at the front desk. The Museum is a very open institution and it really shows when members of different departments can get together to work on projects. The projects that day included an anima
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Prototyping an Exhibit within an Exhibit

Testing It Out We are currently prototyping some new ideas for our newest exhibit, “Wheels”. One of the components of the exhibit involves magnetic pieces that can be put together to build your own car.  Visitors can test their cars on a mini skate park inspired track.  The magnetic parts are very versatile and fun to tinker with.  I had fun just rolling the wheels around. Phase One We wanted to know how
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Introducing…The Hana-Occupier

I love the experiences with visitors who spend a worthwhile time in the MAKESHOP and get everyone thinking about what can be made with a few simple materials and some teamwork.  My most experience was with Arthur and his dad, Andrew, and their creation the “Hana-Occupier.” We’ve been collaborating with visitors to create their own circuit blocks and AA battery packs.  We provide visitors with lights
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Learning What It Takes

Last weekend the MAKESHOP was visited by Chris Bandy, a wooden toy maker.  Visitors were able to learn what it means to be a woodshop apprentice.  While I was in the MAKESHOP,  Chris and the visitors were busy working on wooden “tic, tac, toe” boards.  There were various steps in the process that visitors could help with.  There was sanding and finishing that needed to be done, wooden inlay that needed to
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