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Youth invade MAKESHOP

On February 22nd, we held our second Youth Maker Night.  This was an after-hours event with a lot of tweens and teens, and no parents.  We offered some new activities for the youth to try, including felting, recycled derby cars, e-textiles, tinkering with motors, and a demonstration of a 3D printer.  It took the kids awhile to ease into the activities. They had the freedom to choose whatever activity they wanted.  So
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Sharks in MAKESHOP

I’ve noticed an interesting theme in the past few stop-motion animations made in MAKESHOP.  Apparently, a couple of the paper shadow puppets from our programming in the month of February have made there way over to the animation station.  There is a cut out of a shark with a movable mouth that has become the star of our stop-motion animations.  The supporting cast seems to stay the same as well.  Below are seve
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MAKESHOP Panoramas

Last April, MAKESHOP was photographed by a robot. A robot named GigaPan, which uses motors and gears to move the camera and press the shutter button. After all these zoomed-in, super-detailed photos are taken, a special program “stitches” them together so it looks like one long photo that is bigger, longer and more detailed than a regular camera is able to see at one time. These long photos are called 
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Make something that rolls

The Museum’s YouthALIVE program visits MAKESHOP once a month.  YouthALIVE is an after-school program of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.  The group is made up of middle school students from a school across the street.  Lately, we’ve been giving the students a challenge to complete.  This week, we asked them to create something that rolls.  The students had three days to complete the challenge. We pr
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3D Modeling

If you’re a frequent visitor to our space or this blog, you may know that we have a MakerBot Replicator. We pulled it out recently for Youth Maker Night, an event for older children and young teens. We figured it would be a fun thing to check out while people were snacking in between working on projects. Unfortunately, some of the printer settings were accidentally reset before the event started and we couldn&#
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A year’s visit

Thomas and Aiden visited the Museum with their dad a year ago.  The family is from Buffalo, NY and they visit Pittsburgh once a year. Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is always one of their stops. I was fortunate to spend a lot of time with them during last year’s visit.  There is an older blog post that I wrote about their experience here.  I am glad that I got to see them again.  I remembered them becaus
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