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Maker Meet Up

MAKESHOP is an exhibit at the Museum.  It is primarily a space for visitors to use.  But it is used for other things too.  The space is often used as a meeting place for educators and community leaders here in Pittsburgh. These meetings are a great way for people from various schools and organizations to share ideas and plan for the future.  Topics range from creative curriculum creation to teacher professional devel
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A MAKESHOP Art Show

Our Teaching Artists and one of our interns recently had the chance to display some original MAKESHOP creations in an art show at Tula Organic Salon and Spa here in Pittsburgh. The Salon hosts a different artist every month and allows them to display their artwork throughout the space.  The MAKEHOP Art Show included a light-up jacket created by Christian as a Halloween costume/night light. Some DIY guitars (one was m
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A Weaving Workshop

A couple of weeks ago a group of Kindergarteners and their Eighth Grade Buddies visited the Museum to explore the process of weaving.  They were furthering their exploration of the history of Native Americans by learning some of the culture’s creative processes. The Eighth Graders and Pre-K students built their own cardboard looms and practiced weaving with pieces of yarn.  They also got a chance to explore our
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Making a Magnet Wall

What can you do with a thousand flat refrigerator magnets?  That was the question I had when we received a donation of old magnets.  They were part of an advertising campaign from 2005 for a local theme park.  Sometimes it simply the shear number of a certain material that helps us develop an activity in MAKESHOP. I thought it would be cool to make patterns or pixel drawings using the magnets on one of our metal pegb
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Lincoln at the Library

Every Thursday I visit the Millvale Community Library.  The space is great and I have a lot of fun helping the kids and staff learn new ways of “making.”  Here is the premier of a movie trailer filmed at the Millvale Community Library.  This movie trailer was made using Imovie on one of the Library’s Ipads.  Enjoy. The Library is one of the five sites for our Mobile MAKESHOP program.  The program en
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8-Track Scarf

We have a loom in MAKESHOP and we typically let visitors add to scarves made with different colors of yarn.  It is really cool to have a machine like our loom in MAKESHOP that people can interact with while contributing to a larger project.  Every once and a while we try a little experiment with our loom.  Whether that’s dying the yarn, weaving with plastic or electrical wires or simply changing the width of th
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