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A Busy Youth Maker Night

On May 9, we hosted another Youth Maker Night.  These events are a great opportunity for older kids to experience MAKESHOP without their parents or younger siblings.  We can offer special creative activities that we can’t offer the daily Museum audience.  This night’s special activity was making citra solv transfers. The kids learned how to transfer photographic images from paper to other materials such a
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If Something Breaks…

Sometimes things break at our Museum. This particular case involved a computer with a broken power cord. This computer was designed to specifically run our Digital Dream Lab programming blocks station. Without this computer it meant that could not have the programming blocks out. Instead of just leaving a sign on the machine saying “broken, we are working on fixing this” we decided as a team to build a te
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We made a sloth

Before I started teaching in MAKESHOP I really didn’t make very many things at home.  Nowadays there is always some kind of project we are working on.  At my house we really like sewing and we really like sloths.  So we figured, why not make a stuffed sloth? We looked up a lot of pictures of real sloths to see how exactly the their facial markings looked.  We made a pattern on paper and then went on an adventur
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Ramps!

Every once and a while we decide to totally transform MAKESHOP to meet the needs of a specific activity. For the past couple of months we had been brainstorming some way to play around with ramps and “Rube Goldberg Machines” in our space. Around the end of December we were given a donation of hundreds of cardboard tubes. We took this as a sign that we should come up with some kind of ramp activity soon. O
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Physics in Motion

A couple of weeks ago we let our visitors explore ramps on a very large scale. We cleared out a large space in MAKESHOP and let adults and kids explore with cardboard tubes, tape and ping pong balls. Photos don’t really do this activity justice. Below are several videos highlighting some of the more interesting creations during our ramp experiment. This was a ramp that I assembled with the help of several kids.
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Volunteer MAKESHOP Technicians

A couple of weeks ago we started a special, 8-track scarf on the loom in MAKESHOP.  One of the days during this project fell on a snow for local Pittsburgh schools.  Typically when a snow day happens we tend to get an older clientele than we usually get on a weekday.  This particular day found two boys whose sole purpose during this visit to the Museum was to work on the loom. They literally worked on the loom that d
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