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Making MAKESHOP Work

Explaining Things Through Animation

I have been having a good time playing around with animation in MAKESHOP.  Our stop-motion program allows you to create a simple movie by taking pictures of object while moving them around. A couple of days ago we had some of our conductive play-doh out for visitors to explore.  The conductive play-doh acts as a conductor that can be used to complete a circuit between a battery and a light to make the light turn on.
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Making a very big costume…

I’m not an expert at anything, but I am really good at asking questions. I wanted to make a JEDI KNIGHT robe for Halloween.  Problem: I have never sewn anything this big or complex before.  Thankfully, I was able to ask Rebecca, a fellow Teaching Artist, and Lea, one of our interns, for help.  They showed me the importance of sketching your project before you do anything.  It is important to visualize the piece
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Marble Maze

What can you make with an over sized hole punch? A couple of days ago a visitor created a really cool marble maze puzzle type thing.  He spent a long time just tinkering with all of the different pieces of recycled materials in MAKESHOP.  He eventually settled on using several tubes and a cardboard box that already had some holes punched out of it.  After some collaboration and brainstorming, the two of us came up wi
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Putting Gears on the Wall

My gear prototype has now gone vertical. A project is never finished, you can always change something or introduce a new variable.  I decided to try out our gear setup in a different location in the MAKESHOP.  I ended up mounting the entire structure to the wall with some hangers, zip-ties, and magnets. I don’t like it when things stay the same for too long.  I love experimenting and observing what happens when
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Light Painting Tests

Each month, our staff decides on a theme to help us decide what projects and activities we want to offer to our visitors. Our November theme is “Time” and we’ve been messing around in the shop, brainstorming some fun, open-ended activities that emphasize the idea of time passing. We knew we wanted to do some light painting, so we started playing with our cameras, moving bright lights around in front
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On the Edge of Your Seat

At the end of last month, Children’s Museum Board Members gathered at the Museum for a Board retreat.  How do you get to know your fellow Board Chairs? By dividing into teams and having a “chair” contest of course! A MAKESHOP Challenge was presented to the group:  Divide into teams of six and create a meaningful chair using a container of miscellaneous (recycled of course) items. Well what a creativ
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