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Youth Make Night Guest Maker: Anya Weitzman

Sometimes we’re lucky enough to have special guest makers come to share cool processes with us for our Youth Make nights, which are exclusively for older kids (10+). For our August edition of Youth Make, Anya Weitzman showed us how to make replica body parts out of chocolate through a process called life casting. A cast is a product of pouring something liquid into a mold, which is an empty space that makes a s
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What Are Your Favorite Books That Inspire Making?

I love to read. Before I could read by myself, my mom read stories to me a lot. Some stories were my favorite because of the pictures, while others were my favorite because they let me imagine things I had never seen or heard before, and I liked using my imagination. Books can be good tools to give people good ideas. Since we’re always looking for good ideas in MAKESHOP, we started doing a Maker Story Time. My
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Another Youth Maker Night, Another Awesome Animation

We held another of our Youth Maker Nights on August 1st. It seems to be running theme now that a couple of the kids are going to spend time making a stop-motion movie during the night. Above is another example of a very well crafted animation created by three friends. Stop-motion animation is always popular at Youth Maker Night. I think it might be the fact that you get to work together as a team while doing. It also
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What is an Armature?

An armature is like a skeleton (sometimes made out of wire) that can be bent and held into certain positions. As a movable sculpture it can be used to make stop-motion animations. Guest Maker Anisha Deshmane visited MAKESHOP on August 16th to explore the process of making armatures with our visitors. We used steel wire and pipe cleaners to make the skeletons and cotton stuffing and colored masking tape to give the sk
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Guitar Making Workshop (8+)

Join Guest Maker Saturn Millner for a guitar making workshop! June is our Sound Making month in MAKESHOP and we’re kicking it off with a super fun workshop. Learn how to construct a working 3-string guitar from materials- new and old. Drill, sand, assemble and decorate! Each child will create a functional guitar to take home. Two workshop slots are available: 10:00am- noon 2:00- 4:00pm Tickets for participating
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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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