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Three Days in the MAKESHOP

What can you do with a ton of newspaper? We weren’t entirely sure. Someone suggested we do “rolled newspaper projects.” That quickly blossomed into a ” giant newspaper sculpture!” So over the span of a week, we let visitors add to our collaborative sculpture. This was a really fun activity to do. What was even more fun was filming the whole process. We set up a camera and had it take pic
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MakeShop Bloopers

We have been weaving on hula hoops and other circular looms for the past month.  We decided to create a giant circular loom by bending yardsticks and taping them together. We thought it would be a great way to make a giant, circular rug.  Unfortunately, the material that we used bunched up and created something that we never intended…. Check out these great instructions for hula hoop weaving!
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Prototyping with Visitors

Here’s some footage of our first attempt to make kaleidoscopes with visitors. Anyone can look up a project online and assume that people will enjoy it. I’m the kind of person who needs to get the opinions of visitors before I believe that an activity is worth doing. Plus, I really enjoy having the opportunity to teach something new. In this case, we were testing out the kaleidoscope activity we had modifi
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Made in MAKESHOP

The staff at the MAKESHOP has been collecting videos of visitors explaining what they made and reflecting on the experience that they had.  It is always interesting to hear what inspires, intrigues, engages or teaches our visitors.  We will be sharing these as we get them, so watch out for them.
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How do you make a doorbell?

Harrison comes to the Museum frequently and he absolutely loves tinkering in the MAKESHOP. He tells us about the projects he’s worked on at home. He also shares his ideas for projects that could happen at the Museum. This particular day, Harrison decided he was going to try and make a doorbell for his sister’s room. This was a pretty ambitious project, but I figured we’d give it a try. Neither of us
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Made in MAKESHOP

The staff at the MAKESHOP has been collecting videos of visitors explaining what they made and reflecting on the experience that they had.  It is always interesting to hear what inspires, intrigues, engages or teaches our visitors.  We will be sharing these as we get them, so watch out for them.
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