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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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Prototyping New Programs

The MAKESHOP staff likes to prototype our programming.  Sometimes this step can be the most fun part of developing new activities for our visitors.  Our theme for the month of September is “Books and Bags.”  We set out at the end of August to figure the best ways for visitors to create these two things.  Along with the best ways for the Teaching Artists to teach other people how to make books and bags. We
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MAKESHOP Guest: Leah Beuchley

This week Leah Buechley came to visit! It was exciting. A little introduction: Leah Buechley was a major contributor to the development of the Lilypad Arduino, and is a professor at the MIT Media Lab . Her research group… “…integrates high and low technological materials, processes, and cultures. Our primary aim is to engage diverse audiences in designing and building their own technologies by situating c
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Music in the MAKESHOP

Our theme for the month of August is sound and music. We have been encouraging visitors to create musical instruments, but the staff has been having a blast creating some instruments of our own. A family came in a couple of days ago and wanted to try and make a pair of harps. I have never made a harp before, so it was a little challenging to figure this project out. It can sometimes be difficult to make something for
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Making Teachers Into Makers

The MakeShop team recently hosted a teacher professional development workshop at the  Regional Arts Education Day.  Our main goal was to engage teachers in the design process to explore different ways that it can be applied, specifically how it can be applied to classrooms and instructional planning. The teachers were briefed on what exactly the MakeShop is and what it strives to do.  We also described our model of t
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