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Hello, ScratchJr!

We’ve been using Scratch to create animations, games, and art in the MAKESHOP for a while. Scratch is a programming language that teaches kids how to develop things that can be played with and looked at on a computer, and we love to use Scratch to make interactive pieces around MAKESHOP. Scratch can be a little tricky to understand, and until recently, older kids (8 to 16 years old) were usually better at makin
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Allen’s Monorail

Another sewing story from the week involves my friend Allen (four years old) and his mom, two very regular visitors to the Museum. I have known Allen’s family since before he was born. He seems to have inherited his older brothers sense for planning. He comes in every week (sometimes twice a week) with his mom after preschool and he always has a plan for what he wants to make or explore. This week he wanted to build
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C.H.I.C.K.E.N.

What do you say when someone says that they want to make an egg-laying robotic chicken? In MAKESHOP we would typically answer that question by first searching through our recycled materials to find just the right thing to make a chicken. Apparently an empty milk carton makes a great chicken shape. The plastic eggs were from a donation of materials brought in by a regular visitor to the Museum. If I had to guess I wou
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Methods of Attachment

Attachment is something that we explore all the time in MAKESHOP, from sewing to woodworking to taping things together. We have had a set of building blocks in our space for some time now. These blocks were designed and built by our Museum Exhibits team. They are mostly made out of wood (there is also an aluminum block, a 3D-printed block, an acrylic block and some squishy foam blocks) and can be attached together us
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Our Circuit Blocks

The circuit blocks in MAKESHOP are easily one of my most favorite things in our Museum. They might not be the prettiest things in the Museum but they do have a certain charm to them. “Circuit blocks are a set of components, switches and powers sources mounted on wood that can be connected together with electrical wires. They are used to allow children and adults the chance to explore electricity through trial,
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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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