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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 art using
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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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August Activities

August is coming soon and we have tons of great activities planned!   August 1: Youth Maker Night, including Life Casting with Guest Maker Anya August 2: Maker Party at Society for Contemporary Craft with Kevin August 4-8: SKYWORLD recycled materials collaborative creation August 9: Wind Tunnels with Ethan August 10: Back-to-School Lunch Bag Sewing Workshop for ages 8+ August 16: Stop Motion Puppetry Workshop wi
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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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