Making MAKESHOP Work

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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MakerBot in MAKESHOP

We have a new toy in MAKESHOP — a MakerBot Replicator 3D printer! It’s on loan to us from the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University, and we finally broke it out to play with it! Calling this machine a “printer” isn’t entirely accurate: this isn’t a printer like the one on the corner of your desk or even like the fancy-schmancy ones at the copy shop. This is
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Instructions Included

Sam had visited the Museum two days in row. On his second visit, he brought with him his very own set of instructions for our tangible programming block table, which was developed by the Digital Dream Lab student team at the Entertainment Technology Center. The instructions were great and very detailed. Sam approached me in the MAKESHOP and ask what he could do with his instructions. He wanted to leave them for other
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Join us and professionals from museums across the country to learn about the design, development and practice of MAKESHOP™ at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Discuss practical ways to integrate authentic and supportive making experiences for children and families into your museum. Meet and mingle with our city’s dynamic maker community, and experience Pittsburgh’s annual Mini Maker Faire! We wi
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Building a Xylophone

No one told me to build a Xylophone. I didn’t know how to build a Xylophone either. I tried anyways. It is not just the visitors who get to make things in the MAKESHOP. It took a lot of thinking, a lot of scrap wood and a lot of mistakes, but I still produced something. It makes noise, which is important. Kids enjoy it, so I guess that is important, too! -Kevin
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Prototyping with Visitors

Here’s some footage of our first attempt to make kaleidoscopes with visitors. Anyone can look up a project online and assume that people will enjoy it. I’m the kind of person who needs to get the opinions of visitors before I believe that an activity is worth doing. Plus, I really enjoy having the opportunity to teach something new. In this case, we were testing out the kaleidoscope activity we had modifi
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