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A boy sits with his recycled materials project in a large room

Camp MAKESHOP: In Summary

…And so Camp MAKESHOP came to an end. At the end of the week we asked the kids to fill out a survey. They asked for less time for lunch and more time for making. More projects, more days, more woodworking, more 3D printing… and of course a couple along the lines of the very flattering, “i don’t think it can be improved”. To sum up: “I really liked this camp I met some really nice kids and grownups i hope this c
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Camp MAKESHOP: Computational Thinking

Before learning about computational thinking and computer programming, campers were asked to design something a little more low-tech: a board game! Many of the same ideas about rules, steps and instructions are the same between computer programming and board game design. Once they played around with their physical creations, the kids sat down at computers to make something that is digitally interactive. Computational
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A boy using a drillpress to create holes

Camp MAKESHOP: Introduction & Woodworking

This August we hosted our first-ever summer camp here in MAKESHOP! Designed for kids ages 10-12, each day was dedicated to a different form of making: woodworking, wearables and fiber, electronics, computer programming and digital manufacturing. At the end of camp we asked what people learned and liked, and every single medium was mentioned! Different kids with different interests all had fun and tried new things, an
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Bottles, Cardboard, and Tape — Oh my!

[Crystal, one of our 2014 summer Maker Corps members — and now a MAKESHOP Educator! — reflects on facilitating recycled sculpture activities] Of my time spent in MAKESHOP this summer, one of the most remarkable activities I facilitated was Recycled Sculpture. For those of you who haven’t been to the MAKESHOP, Recycled Sculpture is an activity that is set up for visitors to create their own works of
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Why Make? To Inspire Creative Learners

It’s now the beginning of September and most schools are back in session. In honor of the new school year, I wanted to start sharing some videos we shot last summer with Pittsburgh-area educators. What does it mean to be a maker? Why make in schools? Why make at all? In this first short video, a middle school teacher, university professor, community educator and curriculum coordinator each present some of the c
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Things in the Laser Cutter

I love our laser cutter. It’s a machine that uses a power beam of energy to burn through things. How cool is that?! The only thing I love more than the laser cutter (sorry, loom, you’ve been temporarily replaced) is putting odd things into the laser cutter. Cookies Nilla Wafers work really nicely, because the burned design shows up well against the light-colored cookie. Wood (Painted) Wood isn’t a v
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