Making Spaces: Expanding Maker Education Across the Nation is a partnership between Google, Maker Ed, and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, which aims to develop a national strategy to sustainably integrate making into schools across the country. Making Spaces employs an innovative model by providing schools with maker education expertise from a nearby museum, library, school district or community organization, known
We’re so pleased to share the video of honorary Education Department member Adam Savage‘s visit to MAKESHOP! We loved sharing our maker philosophy, loom,tape rack inspiration, and more with him. Check it out below, and see if you can spot any familiar items that you may have collaborated on during a visit here! Thanks for visiting, Adam, and we hope to see you again sometime soon!
As so many makers do, we in MAKESHOP often turn to the internet for advice. YouTube has played a significant role in the growing maker movement. There, you can find everything from fascinating rope-braiding machines to Arduino tutorials. However, as I recently found, all the YouTube in the world can’t fully replicate the experience of sharing knowledge in person. Our guest makers from the Society for Creative A
Today @therealadamsavage came to #MAKESHOP! We talked about important things like: weaving on looms, storage solutions and the great noise a #polaroid camera makes. Thanks for visiting our #makerspace, Adam! A photo posted by MAKESHOP (@makeshoppgh) on Oct 5, 2016 at 3:32pm PDT On occasion, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has received a visit from a familiar face, from Mr. Rogers to the Very Hungry Caterpillar.
I have a tendency to over-design things on occasion. Many makers have, I think, experienced this—the impulse to be inventive at the expense of simplicity and ease of use. This is a lesson I’ve learned the hard way several times in the past year as I built and tinkered with a table loom intended to expand our weaving offerings in MAKESHOP. Weaving starts out simply enough. You take string or yarn, arrange it in parall
This may sound obvious, but, if you want to sew, build, solder, weave, or even tie your shoes, it helps to understand the materials with which you’re working. The outreaches and field trips we conducted over the past year as part of the Buhl Foundation’s One Northside grant dealt with this very thing. Through building and sketching, students at local schools built invaluable knowledge and also learned a thing or two
Our reading nook in MAKESHOP has been a bit overcrowded for a while now. Owning too many books is a good problem to have—the trick is making room to store them all. Last month, we decided to begin building a new bookshelf. This quickly turned into a passion project for many of us. Working on it has made me think a lot about the way in which memory and collaboration add to a project. I’ve now been working in MAKESHOP
Although our friend and long-time facilitator, Kevin, has moved on to the world of formal education and classroom teaching, his legacy lives on both in MAKESHOP and on our blog! Check out these great photos he left for us from Art All Night, a 24-hour art show this past spring, open to anybody and everybody. Kevin and his drawbots made some beautiful art during the evening: As a bonus, here are s
Help us work with more schools! Five Pittsburgh-area schools need to meet their fundraising goalson Kickstarter by Monday, November 2, in order to create their own makerspaces and partner with Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. The Kickstarting Making program, a collaboration between the Children’s Museum and Kickstarter, encompasses 10 schools that want to integrate making, or hands-on learning with old and new