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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.

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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No Nails Required

I was helping out at the Millvale Community Library last school through our Mobile MAKESHOP initiative. During one of my “Maker Thursdays” I was introduced to a really simple woodworking project by two boys who regularly visited the library. They called the game “penny hockey” and explained that they had built the game during their Tech-Ed class at school. The board is comprised of two holes a
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How To Make a Circuit Block: Binder Clip Toggle Switch

In my previous blog post on making circuit blocks I showed you how to construct a power source block and a light block. Another integral part of exploring circuitry is exploring switches. A switch can be used to turn components on or off, and in some cases cause other changes to your component. In this post I will show you the steps on how to create a simple toggle switch using some simple tools and materials. First
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Re-purposed Book Chisel Box

We have been expanding our collection of woodworking tools, and needed a way to store chisels. A good storage solution would keep them from banging around in a drawer, thereby keeping them sharp. It should also be easy to store on a shelf, or take for use on a project outside MAKESHOP. This unassuming book is now the cozy home to six chisels. For lack of a proper sized box or thin wood to make one, bookboard would do
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Soft Circuit Blocks

A few months ago I was introduced by my colleagues in MAKESHOP to the idea of using conductive thread to sew a circuit.  The concept is simple; instead of using electrical wires to connect your components and power sources you use a conductive type of thread.  This allows you to attach your electrical components to fabric.  This is a new way of exploring and understanding circuitry.  A sewn or soft circuit may, in so
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Chain Reaction Machine

A couple of Saturdays ago we experimented with chain reactions in the workshop in MAKSEHOP. Dan, one of our MAKESHOP Educators, and I  spent the entire day building and adding to our chain reaction machine with any visitor who wanted to participate. We built our machine out of recycled materials, tape and some of our circuit blocks. Essentially our chain reaction machine was a series of ramps and ball that either kno
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