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Bay Area Maker Faire

In May I presented on two panels at the Association of Children’s Museums conference (about making with young children, as well as a panel that was an introduction to the concept of makerspaces in museums) and then immediately scooted up the coast to Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo, California. I also spoke very briefly there, but the best part was definitely walking around and taking in all the sights. We
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Maker Educator Boot Camp at West Liberty

On June 23-26th we held our second Maker Educator Boot Camp, and our first in West Virginia! All through this past school year Kevin has spent many of his Tuesdays driving down to work with WLU to help build out and facilitate their makerspace. As part of this partnership they were kind enough to host us for three days of educator professional development with workshops, discussion, reflection and making. On the four
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Camp MAKESHOP

We love to try new things, and we heard you wanted a way to spend more time here — so this August we’re running our first-ever summer camp, for kids ages 10-12. Join us for five days (Aug 18-Aug 22) to get your MAKESHOP fill before school starts back up. There will be a little bit of everything: electronics, sewing, woodworking… and a few surprises, too, of course! For more details and updated infor
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Join Us This Summer!

This summer, be a part of the museum’s mission to provide innovative experiences that inspire joy, creativity and curiosity! Apply to be a 2014 Maker Corps Member and work with us on awesome projects, with all ages, across the greater Pittsburgh area. Check out photos from some of the cool projects our 2013 Maker Corps Members worked on and search the blog for more awesome stuff we do here:   Nick created an awe
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MAKEnight 2/6/14

Out February 21+ MAKEnight took a timewarp to the 90s! With flannel, scrunchies, laser-cut Pogs, spin art, a piece of the Agro Crag, a nostalgia-fueled slideshow and some celebrity stop-motion animation, not to mention an amazing playlist (thanks to Alison), we celebrated our kickoff to 2014 like it was 1995. We put all those free AOL CDs to work by mounting them to motors and creating hand-held spin art spinners. Pl
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Tinkering and Making in Museums Hangout

February 13 at 11:00 PST (that’s 2:00 EST for our fellow Pittsburghers) a group of museum professionals is getting together on the internet to talk and answer questions related to making and tinkering in our institutions. This hangout is part of the Making and Tinkering in Museums Community of Practice (CoP). You don’t have to be a member to participate in the hangout, although everyone is welcome to join
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