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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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Youth Maker Nights, Past and Coming Up

Our last Youth Maker Night was a blast.  There were some very dedicated and creative kids in attendance, working on activities ranging from soldering to weaving,  animation to board game making.  And, as always, there was pizza. This is a great experience for kids 10-15 years old to experience MAKESHOP with their peers and work with MAKESHOP Teaching Artists.  Parents are not required to attend Youth Maker Nights. Jo
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DIY RPG (an original MAKESHOP strategy game)

At our last Youth Maker Night we gave the kids the opportunity to create their own board game using pieces and parts from existing games (chess pieces, dice, paper money, etc.). One boy in particular decided to take this activity to a whole other level.  He developed a role playing strategy game using chess pieces and postit notes.  The materials were simple.  The instructions were not. We spent roughly 20 minutes go
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