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Join us for MAKEnight (21+)

Drink, eat, and make with us in the museum during MAKEnight, a special after-hours event for adults.   Experiment with making wreaths using different types of materials Try your hand at soldering to create your own wire sculpture or ornament Design and decorate holiday cards using LED lights Sip on specialty holiday cocktails provided by Wigle Whiskey and delicious local beer from Penn Brewery  Snack on tasty treats
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Pinball

Lauren, one of our Maker Corps Members, shows off one of our summer projects: While the month of June was themed “cardboard arcade”, there was one game that has lived through many iterations over these summer months, and that is the pinball machine.  While Christian made the basic body of the machine, it was a collaboration between Teaching Artists and visitors who added on the essential components: flipp
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Field Trip: Mt Lebanon Public Library

How many of you have ever seen a 3D printer before? When I asked the eight kids, ages 9-12, in the 3D Modeling and Printing workshop at Mt Lebanon Public Library, three of them raised their hands! What’s even cooler than that, is that the other five had not, but they decided to sign up for and attend our free workshop anyway, just because it sounded interesting and they wanted to try something new. We brought o
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Field Trip: Elizabeth Forward

When Elizabeth Forward School District contacted MAKESHOP to teach a week of one of their summer enrichment classes, we weren’t sure what kind of activities we should plan. The class was called “Dream Factory 101″. We knew the students would spend the second week learning about 3D modeling and printing, so we decided that our week would be about physical computing. Physical computing is a term used
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Weaving with Wire

If you follow this blog closely, you may already know that I love our loom. I try to keep it interesting for frequent visitors by changing things up with each new project. We recently received a donation that included a trashbag full of dictaphones (which are sort of like telephones you read messages into so that you can remember to write them down later when you have more time), and discovered that their cords had l
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Art in Bloom

Art in Bloom is an event held by the Carnegie Museum of Art each year, when local people and organizations create floral arrangements inspired by and based on artwork at the museum. This year, Children’s Museum created an arrangement for the event. Ours was to be a companion piece for “Drain” by Robert Gober, a hand-crafted pewter drain set into the back wall of a room with nothing else in it. Here
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