Kids work on a post-it note based board game design

Game Design Workshop

On March 15th, as part of the 4th annual National STEM Video Game Challenge (presented by the Smithsonian in partnership with The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media), 16 kids showed up in the museum theater to spend a few hours learning about game design. Beginning with some discussion and sharing about what makes a good designer and what games everybody enjoys, participants then went through
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MAKESHOP staff goof around. Includes 2014 Maker Corps Members Crystal and Ethan, and 2013 Maker Coprs Member-turned-Teaching Artist Lauren.

LAST CALL: Maker Corps 2015 Now Accepting Applications!

  Looking for a summer job? We’re looking for Maker Corps Members to join our team, from roughly the beginning of June through the end of August. Positions are up to 40 hours/week. We’re looking for a summer-long commitment, but dates and times are somewhat flexible based on availability, so go ahead and apply even if you have to go back to school in the fall, or aren’t available on June 1! All
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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 a couple along the lines of the very flattering, “I don’t think it can be improved.”   “I really liked this camp I met some really nice kids and grownups i hope this camp goes on fo
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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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