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Making a Magnet Wall

What can you do with a thousand flat refrigerator magnets?  That was the question I had when we received a donation of old magnets.  They were part of an advertising campaign from 2005 for a local theme park.  Sometimes it simply the shear number of a certain material that helps us develop an activity in MAKESHOP. I thought it would be cool to make patterns or pixel drawings using the magnets on one of our metal pegb
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Join Us This Summer!

This summer, be a part of the museum’s mission to provide innovative experiences that inspire joy, creativity and curiosity! Apply to be a 2014 Maker Corps Member and work with us on awesome projects, with all ages, across the greater Pittsburgh area. Check out photos from some of the cool projects our 2013 Maker Corps Members worked on and search the blog for more awesome stuff we do here:   Nick created an awe
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Lincoln at the Library

Every Thursday I visit the Millvale Community Library.  The space is great and I have a lot of fun helping the kids and staff learn new ways of “making.”  Here is the premier of a movie trailer filmed at the Millvale Community Library.  This movie trailer was made using Imovie on one of the Library’s Ipads.  Enjoy. The Library is one of the five sites for our Mobile MAKESHOP program.  The program en
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Youth Maker Nights, Past and Coming Up

Our last Youth Maker Night was a blast.  There were some very dedicated and creative kids in attendance, working on activities ranging from soldering to weaving,  animation to board game making.  And, as always, there was pizza. This is a great experience for kids 10-15 years old to experience MAKESHOP with their peers and work with MAKESHOP Teaching Artists.  Parents are not required to attend Youth Maker Nights. Jo
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DIY RPG (an original MAKESHOP strategy game)

At our last Youth Maker Night we gave the kids the opportunity to create their own board game using pieces and parts from existing games (chess pieces, dice, paper money, etc.). One boy in particular decided to take this activity to a whole other level.  He developed a role playing strategy game using chess pieces and postit notes.  The materials were simple.  The instructions were not. We spent roughly 20 minutes go
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Calling All Donations

We receive a lot of donations at MAKESHOP from Museum staff as well as visitors.  Donations are always welcome.  Below is a list of the materials that we are typically looking for.  If you have a material or tool not on this list that you’d like to donate, please email: makeshop@pittsburghkids.org   Materials Needed fabric/ clothing sewing needles thread buttons yarn knitting needles/ crochet hooks small w
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