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MAKESHOP in the park

It is summer and that means that we are able to move some of our MAKESHOP activities outside. Last year we had a bike-cart that some of the staff would take out to the local parks to do small activities with the community. This year we got the opportunity to provide an outdoor activity for a weekend event Buhl Park in front of the Museum. I recently discovered a water rocket launching kit in our basement storage. We
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Art All Night

Each year local Pittsburgh artists take over a large warehouse space and put their work on display for an entire night; from sundown till sun-up. The Pittsburgh art scene is amazing. Events like this are a great way for people to get acquainted with local artists and their art. There were paintings, drawings, sculptures. There was also live music and large community projects for people to add to. There was even an ar
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Making Problems and Solving Problems

Usually it is the teacher who provides the problems for the students to solve. At the Museum and especially in MAKESHOP we like to give teachers an opportunity create some problems for themselves. Teacher trainings might be my favorite thing to do in MAKESHOP. Being a teacher myself I see the benefits to these kinds of professional development opportunities. Having a group of teachers learn how to do something with l
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Dissecting an Exhibit

Sometimes we are asked to help better explain how different exhibits in the Museum work.  Recently the exhibit piece in question was Wooden Mirror by Daniel Rozin, located in a nook between our Garage exhibit and the Changing Exhibits Gallery. This interactive art piece is a lot of fun – it’s made up of a lot of different parts that work together to create an image of whatever is in front of it. We probab
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MAKESHOP + Penny Arcade: An Improvisational Collaboration

im·pro·vise verb : to speak or perform without preparation : to make or create (something) by using whatever is available (Merriam-Webster) Here at MAKESHOP, we make things up every day. Often, we create cool things without a lot of planning, and we limit ourselves to the resources around us (which is why we do so many projects with old fabric and toilet paper rolls). Doing things this way lets us try lots of differe
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Turning Problems Into Solutions: Frick Environmental Charter School Collaboration

Have you ever wanted to make something work better? The first graders at Frick Environmental Charter School did; from December to February, they identified problems in their classrooms and worked to invent solutions for those problems. MAKESHOP Teaching Artists worked with the first graders throughout their process via FaceTime chats, in-class sessions, and a field trip that brought the students into our workshop. In
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