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Art Conference + Sewing = ???

In September, Pittsburgh hosted the Arts and Education Partnership National Forum (AEPF). Our executive director, Jane Werner, was asked to speak at the Forum and we were asked to have an accompanying table with a small taste of what goes on in MAKESHOP. We brought along a lot of example projects, wooden joinery blocks, circuit blocks, soldering tools, etc. We also brought along a lot of sewing materials. The plan wa
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MAKESHOP visits the Strip District

On August 2nd, I got the chance to attend a “Maker Party” at the Society for Contemporary Craft located in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District. First off I must say that the SCC is an amazing space (I had actually never been there before). There are classroom spaces along with gallery and exhibit space with lots of different art on display. If you are ever in the Strip District I highly recommend t
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Maker Faire Detroit 2014

During the last weekend in July, six students (three from the Children’s Museum’s YouthALIVE! afterschool program and three from Assemble‘s Make It! after school program) boarded a train leaving Pittsburgh for Toledo, Ohio. Their final destination? Maker Faire Detroit, located at The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Maker Faires take place all over the world, and some consider them to be 
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Bay Area Maker Faire

In May I presented on two panels at the Association of Children’s Museums conference (about making with young children, as well as a panel that was an introduction to the concept of makerspaces in museums) and then immediately scooted up the coast to Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo, California. I also spoke very briefly there, but the best part was definitely walking around and taking in all the sights. We
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Maker Faire 2013

  The third Pittsburgh Mini-Maker Faire was held in September here at the Museum, presented with HackPGH.  As always, it was a lot of fun.  I spent most of my time in MAKESHOP drawing with robots and teaching people how to solder.  But I did get a chance to see all of the fun inventions and ideas that the makers were presenting. There was a really neat frisbee throwing robot that always had willing participants to ca
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ACM Conference Animation

A couple of weeks ago, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh hosted the Association of Children’s Museums conference.  This prestigious event brought together more than 1,000 international museum professionals for three days of presentations, workshops and events.  It was a blast meeting people from around the world. It was incredibly inspiration to share ideas, tell stories and hear about other museums. I lost
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