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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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Giving Our Scarves Away

It’s that time of the year again: time to donate some of the amazing scarves that our visitors have helped us make! If you’ve worked on our loom before, you may be able to spot your handiwork in some of these weavings. Almost all of the work that went into weaving these was done by kids and they’re all one-of-a-kind. Some of the projects will be sticking around MAKESHOP (we didn’t think anybod
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A Practical Laser Cutter Project

I had the opportunity to use our laser cutter to create something practical for a change. We usually use our laser cutter to experiment with visitors and demonstrate the use of a laser to cut or etch different materials. I was asked to create this project for Tula Organic Salon and Spa. They wanted to laser cut a stencil so that they could paint a bathroom sign for their shop. I suggested that we could use the laser
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Mobile MAKESHOP: Building Circuit Blocks

When I visited the Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley for my first site visit there was a day camp at the Museum full of kids from the same school. The kids were used to doing crafts and using materials like glue and tape. I decided to build a bunch of circuit blocks with these kids. I got out most of the woodworking tools along with a lot of the electronics equipment. I told the kids that they were going to
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MAKESHOP MAKEover 3rd Edition: Crafton Elementary

Here is another site for our Mobile MAKESHOP program, Crafton Elementary. We are working with several sites this year to help develop a workshop space or simply introduce the ideas and practices of “making” in different environments. Crafton is a perfect space for one of these Mobile MAKESHOP sites. The school has been experimenting with hands-on learning for a while. The teachers and administration under
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MAKESHOP MAKEover Edition 2: Millvale Community Library

Mobile MAKESHOP is a program that hopes to expand our ideas and teaching practices to outside sites and community partners. One of those partners is the recently opened Millvale Community Library. This space was built from the ground up by the residents of Millvale, a small suburb of Pittsburgh. The library is incredible and is a great community space for the town. The Library is really a gathering space for the yout
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