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Prototyping Animation in the MakeShop

We have been discussing the idea of introducing animation or video into the MakeShop.  Stop-motion animation is always fun, but how do we implement it so that visitors can easily use it and interact with it in meaningful ways?  Well, we brainstorm and prototype. We already had a very crude stop-motion program developed by Greg W. of the Exhibits Department.  This program is controlled by an even more crude looking ph
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A little structure and a lot of creativity

ShopBots are not entirely new for the Makeshop, but I still enjoy the project.  I have done this project in many different ways: by myself, with a group of teachers, and with several classes.  The one thing that I have never done is facilitated this project with visitors during a regular day at the Museum.  Well, last week, we decided to do just that. We had the materials available and decided to let our visitors fin
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A simple story

The picture above is worth a thousand words.  This group of visitors was a lot of fun to play with.  They came into the MakeShop  as we were setting up for an after school group.  We had the entire shop set up for sewing.  This group came in and immediately set about exploring everything we had to offer.  They explored both as individuals and as a group.  The younger ones were fascinated with the sewing machines and
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What I saw at the Faire

More photos of the Faire by photographer Larry Rippel at Children’s Museum Flickr page. I was apprehensive about writing this post.  I assumed that it would be an easy, quick description of the Mini-Maker Faire.  A run-through about the objects and devices on display.  A very cut and dry kind of post, but once I started writing, I realized that I had made many observations that day that were not particularly ab
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The MakeShop is Open

The MAKESHOP at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is now open. Please visit us soon to make, create, tinker and explore.
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Making a MakeShop

Creating an exhibit is quite the experience; there are so many people involved and so many things that need to be done.  You don’t just push a button and a whole new room sprouts up somewhere in the Museum.  This was a huge collaborative effort between everyone in the entire Museum. Last Friday the team spent a very long day prepping for the big move into the new exhibit.  It felt like we were moving into a new
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