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MAKING SPACES

Making Spaces: Expanding Maker Education Across the Nation is a partnership between Google, Maker Ed, and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, which aims to develop a national strategy to sustainably integrate making into schools across the country. Making Spaces employs an innovative model by providing schools with maker education expertise from a nearby museum, library, school district or community organization, known
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Adam Savage sits at a loom with a MAKESHOP employee

Adam Savage Tours MAKESHOP

We’re so pleased to share the video of honorary Education Department member Adam Savage‘s visit to MAKESHOP! We loved sharing our maker philosophy, loom,tape rack inspiration, and more with him. Check it out below, and see if you can spot any familiar items that you may have collaborated on during a visit here! Thanks for visiting, Adam, and we hope to see you again sometime soon!
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Buhl One Northside, 2016

This may sound obvious, but, if you want to sew, build, solder, weave, or even tie your shoes, it helps to understand the materials with which you’re working. The outreaches and field trips we conducted over the past year as part of the Buhl Foundation’s One Northside grant dealt with this very thing. Through building and sketching, students at local schools built invaluable knowledge and also learned a thing or two
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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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Chain Reactions: Prompting the Unexpected

We have been exploring chain reactions at the Museum for years.  Building tracks and paths for balls to roll on is a fun activity that teaches persistence, prototyping and teamwork.  Recently I taught two separate classes centered around chain reactions.  One was with a group of second graders from the Ellis School.  Their science teacher wanted to expand upon her students’ learning with a trip to MAKESHOP. The
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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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