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Meet A Maker!

  At the beginning of June, MAKESHOP™ welcomed four Maker Corps members. This summer, you can find them working at Children’s  Museum of Pittsburgh and bringing MAKESHOP™ experiences on the road.  Through the Maker Education Initiative, they will engage children and families in creative projects, while gaining experience serving as leaders in the community. Name/ Nickname: Sam Favorite color: I find deligh
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Design and prototype

Sometimes, we can find some really cool stuff in the Museum’s basement. Our basement serves as one of the exhibit workshops, so many of the materials were at one point used for prototyping or repairing exhibits. For example, this acrylic dome. It was originally used as a prototype for our newly renovated Waterplay exhibit.  Now, it is being used to develop a new magnet activity in MAKESHOP. You can’t move
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ACM Conference Animation

A couple of weeks ago, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh hosted the Association of Children’s Museums conference.  This prestigious event brought together more than 1,000 international museum professionals for three days of presentations, workshops and events.  It was a blast meeting people from around the world. It was incredibly inspiration to share ideas, tell stories and hear about other museums. I lost
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Laser cutting for anyone

Anyone can do it… A typical day at work in MAKESHOP can be hard to predict.  A couple of days ago, I was taught how to use a laser cutter. An amazing team of students from Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center spent an entire semester developing an iPad app to allow someone like me to do something like use a laser cutter. Some days I deal with a loom, and other days I deal with lase
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Another Gear Idea

Derek, a new employee at the Museum and a local teacher in Pittsburgh, presented a great idea to me a couple of days ago.  He wants to make a mechanical version of our circuit blocks.  He thinks that it is important to utilize various types of gears to create blocks that visitors can connect together to further explore mechanization.  To explain this concept only in words is very confusing. A couple of Sundays ago, D
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Older pea seedlings

The youngest beings in MAKESHOP

In April, we celebrated Earth Day by helping visitors plant seeds in recycled containers.  Our visitors learned about the basic needs of plants as they carefully filled their chosen containers with dirt, seeds, and water.  Most of the planted seeds went home with families, but we kept some here. We had a variety of seeds to choose from:  quick growing grass seeds (for the impatient), a wildflower mix (for the indecis
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