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Moving Sprites in Scratch

Here in MAKESHOP, our go-to programming environment is Scratch, developed by MIT. Here are some basics. This post will delve more deeply into how a character or object on the screen (sprite) can be made to move in Scratch. Below are three ways to do it. Each of these programs has only one sprite, so it should be straightforward to see how these are working.   In the first example, the helicopter moves up, down,
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At Home with Making

Do you know how MAKESHOP started? It didn’t just open it’s doors and look like the way it does now. The road to MAKESHOP is a long story itself, but I bring up history to raise an important question: If you don’t happen to have a museum, where do you make things? Let’s talk about making at home. What do you need to start? In MAKESHOP we have staff, tools, materials, furniture and lots of curio
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A cardboard loom

Weave Weave Weave All the Way Home

Weaving happens all the time in the MAKESHOP on our big floor loom, and sometimes on its little cousin the table loom: We use it to make scarves, mostly, which hang we hang up for display and inspiration. The weaving pulls in many visitors because it takes about three weeks for a full eight- or nine-foot-long scarf to be completed. This time scale sets it apart from other MAKESHOP activities; there’s no chance
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Katie and Molly swaddled in the Shibori quilt

PERSERVERANCE (subtitle: What I Learned While Quilting on a Deadline)

Have you ever agreed to something without thinking about what it actually entailed? I’m a Yes Person. I say yes all. the. time. By nature, I love helping people, staying busy, being creative and feeling accomplishment. Sometimes I don’t think about what the steps are to actually get me to where I need to be—but I’ll usually say yes to a challenge regardless. I was recently asked to work with the MAK
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How To Make a Circuit Block: Binder Clip Toggle Switch

In my previous blog post on making circuit blocks I showed you how to construct a power source block and a light block. Another integral part of exploring circuitry is exploring switches. A switch can be used to turn components on or off, and in some cases cause other changes to your component. In this post I will show you the steps on how to create a simple toggle switch using some simple tools and materials. First
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Re-purposed Book Chisel Box

We have been expanding our collection of woodworking tools, and needed a way to store chisels. A good storage solution would keep them from banging around in a drawer, thereby keeping them sharp. It should also be easy to store on a shelf, or take for use on a project outside MAKESHOP. This unassuming book is now the cozy home to six chisels. For lack of a proper sized box or thin wood to make one, bookboard would do
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