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A couple of days ago a family came into the MAKESHOP and made some masks. They were so much fun to interact with.  They were a genuinely goofy group of people.  The two boys immediately knew that they were going to make “bank robber” masks.  The mother and daughter designed and built a very intricate mask.  During this entire time there were also three boys in the shop.  These three had already spent an h
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MAKEnight

Join us tonight for MAKEnight! This Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 6 – 9 pm, MAKESHOP™ will host our first after hours event, MAKEnight. It is our hope to provide a cultural evening where adults can get together (without the kids!) and explore DIY processes centered around the theme of electronics. You don’t have to know about electronics to come! All ages are welcome and no prior making experience is necessary. Whe
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Duquesne Incline Machine Room Field Trip

Possibly the best fifty cents you’ll ever spend is a look inside the Duquesne Incline’s machine room. At 135 years old, it is the oldest cable car operation in the United States, predating San Francisco’s trolley system. The Incline now runs on electricity instead of steam, but much of the machinery is unchanged from the original 1877 design. In 1962 the Incline closed, but community efforts raised
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Making Connections

Taking something that was going to be thrown away and giving it a new purpose is always rewarding.  The “Book-Shelf” pictured above is a great example of a project that uses entirely re-purposed junk. Actually, “junk” seems like a negative term… Let’s call it “repurposed treasure.” My friend, Becky, wanted to make gift cards for her salon (Tula Organic) in the Squirrel
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Goofing off at Maker Faire

We hosted the second annual Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire last week.  It was a lovely day full of lovely people.  I could go on in great detail about all the gadgets and amazing inventions on display.  Instead, what I noticed most during the day was a sense of goofiness.  Everyone was genuinely having fun. We had so much fun at the second annual Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire! If you missed the event, then you missed out!
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SparkTruck Pit Stop

We had some amazing guests visit the Museum from Stanford University in sunny California.  Jason, Didi and Eugene have spent the summer traveling across the United States in a mobile workshop dubbed the SparkTruck.  Check it out! Along the way, they have been stopping at museums, community centers, events, and parks… Anywhere they can find.  Their truck is full of various gadgets, materials and tools.  The most
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