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Junk Pile Party!

Sunday, March 11, 3:00 pm One man’s junk is another man’s fast and furious maker contest! Two family teams will face off to build the most exciting solution to this month’s challenge – SHELTER – from a ramshackle supply of drills, duct tape, junk, treasure and a sewing machine! Hosted by hilarious maker Dave English and filmed before a live audience for The MakeShop Show, don’t miss this new Museum
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An experience in animation

I decided it was high time to start prototyping our stop-motion animation  program once again.  To be honest, I really wanted an excuse to play with the program myself.  I decided to do some stop-motion drawing with a dry-erase board.  The setup I built for the activitiy wasn’t pretty or professional, but my crude setup did not detract Thomas and Aiden, two first time visitors to the Museum.  . I briefly explai
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Youth Alive: Survival Kit Project

Over the past several weeks, students from the Museum’s YouthALIVE after school program worked on a very interesting design challenge.  The kids were tasked with creating a “survival kit” for someone stranded on a deserted island.  They were afforded time in the MakeShop to design and create the objects for their kits.  The students worked in teams and were given a set number of objects to create.  
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Craft Stick Explosions

The staff of the MAKESHOP loves to have fun with our visitors. A couple of weeks ago, a bunch of us were introduced to a project known as a “Craft Stick Explosion.” We were trying to do some simple weaving with craft sticks for some of our younger visitors. We discovered a project that allows you to weave craft sticks together and then cause them to “explode” through an interesting chain react
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Persistent Sculptures

A couple of days ago a brother and sister visited the MAKESHOP several times. They created a couple of interesting projects. What was really interesting was the amount of times they visited the MAKESHOP in one day. They continued to work on their projects on and off throughout the day. The younger brother worked on an “on-going” sculpture that posed a lot of design and balance challenges. By the end of th
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During one of our open woodworking sessions, a young girl approached me and explained that she wanted to build an hour glass. I asked her why she wanted to build that specific project. She told me about how her younger brother broke the hour glass from one of her board games. She was hoping to create a new one in the MAKESHOP. I told her that I have never built an hour glass before, but I was really excited to try. W
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