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We’re Jammin’

Sam, one of our Maker Corps Members, reflects on a favorite activity of the summer: Tots run MAKESHOP on Monday mornings when we close off the workshop and have Tot MAKE, with activities designed for younger children, ages 1-3. So far, my favorite Tot MAKE of the summer was when we made tasty jam out of berries. We started off Tot MAKE by reading ‘Don’t Squish the Sasquatch’. Then, we put our squishing skills to the
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Knit the Bridge Celebration

Join us at the Knit the Bridge celebration of yarn bombing the Warhol Bridge (7th Street Bridge) – the largest yarn bomb ever in the U.S.! MAKESHOP visitors and staff stitched a panel that covers a section of the bridge. Details here Sunday, August 25 3:00 – 7:00 pm
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Pirates, Catapults, and Pedal Carts!

We’re working on an exciting new project at MAKESHOP: A Catapult! Normally we don’t make war machines, but this one has been repurposed for FUN. Our design is based on the trebuchet, a sling-based counterweight-powered type of catapult originally invented in the 11th century. We’re building this crazy thing to throw the first pitch for the Pirates game on September 1st! Check out the Rookie of the G
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Making a Board Game

  How do you make a board game?   All you really need is a table, pencils, a stack of paper and your imagination.  A couple of weeks ago we allowed visitors to play and add to a simple board game that we started.  The end result was amazing…And really challenging. Most of the rules forced you to do some sort of physical challenge… …Or made you go back to start. The open-ended nature of the
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Field Trip: Avonworth Elementary

Recently our Maker Corps Members and I visited Avonworth Elementary to hang out with some second and third graders and their teachers.  We presented them with a design challenge.  We put the kids into four groups and challenged them with the task of creating a structure out of recycled materials and tape that could support a certain amount of weight. Our weights spanned from one pound (a can of bolts) to two hundred
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Field Trip: Shaler Elementary

Nick (one of our Maker Corps Members) and I got to spend a couple of hours at Shaler Elementary solving a lot of woodworking problems alongside amazing and diligent students.  The kids got the chance to experience all of the tools we had brought, along with safe techniques to use them properly.  After a lengthy orientation with the tools and processes, the kids were given the freedom to create whatever their hearts d
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