ShopBots are not entirely new for the Makeshop, but I still enjoy the project. I have done this project in many different ways: by myself, with a group of teachers, and with several classes. The one thing that I have never done is facilitated this project with visitors during a regular day at the Museum. Well, last week, we decided to do just that. We had the materials available and decided to let our visitors fin
The picture above is worth a thousand words. This group of visitors was a lot of fun to play with. They came into the MakeShop as we were setting up for an after school group. We had the entire shop set up for sewing. This group came in and immediately set about exploring everything we had to offer. They explored both as individuals and as a group. The younger ones were fascinated with the sewing machines and
More photos of the Faire by photographer Larry Rippel at Children’s Museum Flickr page. I was apprehensive about writing this post. I assumed that it would be an easy, quick description of the Mini-Maker Faire. A run-through about the objects and devices on display. A very cut and dry kind of post, but once I started writing, I realized that I had made many observations that day that were not particularly ab
The MakeShop team recently hosted a teacher professional development workshop at the Regional Arts Education Day. Our main goal was to engage teachers in the design process to explore different ways that it can be applied, specifically how it can be applied to classrooms and instructional planning. The teachers were briefed on what exactly the MakeShop is and what it strives to do. We also described our model of t
The MakeShop is excited to introduce the newest members of our team. We are incredibly lucky and proud to have such an amazing group of individuals. These people are some of the best makers and educators in the area and will be available to work alongside our visitors. Lisa Brahms, Research Fellow and MakeShop Project Lead Adam Nye, MakeShop Manager Amy DiPlacido, MakeShop Coordinator Kevin Goodwin, Facilitator Jer
The new MakeShop exhibit will be located in a large, better equipped space that will allow our visitors to make in many different ways! The MakeShop will include some of the following specialty areas. WoodShop – Use real woodworking tools to shape wood and build your own projects, like birdhouses and more! SewShop – Learn to use a sewing machine to upcycle clothing, sew a stuffed animal, handbag, scarf
The MakeShop space is currently being renovated and the exhibit will open on October 22. Please visit this blog for more details! We will be posting staff biographies, pictures and a sneak peak at what the new exhibit will look like.