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Shop tips: Sandpaper

Sandpaper is a great tool, which we often use in our workshop.  It is very safe to use, compared to some tools, so even our youngest visitors can experience wood shaping. Sandpaper is essentially, as the name suggests, sand stuck on paper.  These hard particles will scratch into wood, plastic, and other materials.  The size of these particles determines the roughness of the sandpaper.  This is called the ‘grit&
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Magnets and Circuits Blocks Combine To Form…

Circuit blocks are a very popular part of MAKESHOP. But there has been a single pressing problem within our design that has plagued teaching artists for the past several years. We use alligator clips to connect our blocks together and the problem with these is that our younger visitors have trouble manipulating these clips. It is quite the strain on their fine motor skill capabilities to open and close the clips.  Th
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MAKESHOP through the eyes of a four year old

Soren is four years old and he visits MAKESHOP on a weekly basis. He is really interested in exploring everything that MAKESHOP has to offer. A couple of weeks ago Cori, a member of the Museum’s New Media Department, was testing out a new camera in MAKESHOP. As with everything, Soren was really interested in exploring the camera. The camera was built pretty tough and didn’t have to many buttons or options
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The cover of Press Here (Hervé Tullet, 2011).

Books for Makers, Part 1: Selection

Because “making” can be hard to define, at least in the MAKEHSOP context, finding books that are a good fit for our visitors can be a challenge. Last summer, fellow Teaching Artist (and fellow librarian) Henry and I started picking new books to add to the MAKESHOP book collection so we could begin our Maker Story Time program. In this blog series, I’ll share some of the ways in which we go through t
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Unfinished Projects

Recently Paul, a former educator at the Museum, came back to visit for a day. Paul moved to Boston right before MAKESHOP officially opened. He was around for the prototyping of MAKESHOP and was pivotal in its inception several years ago. At some point during his time at the Museum Paul started working on a DIY guitar. While he was visiting with me a couple of weeks ago the two of us discovered the guitar in our basem
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Gabe and the Dragon

Throughout the winter months we have been doing a lot of medieval themed programming in MAKESHOP.  We made capes and crowns and castles.  The one thing we were missing was a dragon.  So one morning I decided that I was going to make one out of cardboard.  I was just about finished with the head and neck of the dragon when a teenager named Gabe stepped into the workshop.  I invited him to help me work on the dragon.  
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