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Buhl One Northside, 2016

This may sound obvious, but, if you want to sew, build, solder, weave, or even tie your shoes, it helps to understand the materials with which you’re working. The outreaches and field trips we conducted over the past year as part of the Buhl Foundation’s One Northside grant dealt with this very thing. Through building and sketching, students at local schools built invaluable knowledge and also learned a thing or two
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Teaching Teachers About Scratch Jr.

A couple of weeks ago I was given the chance to teach a group of Pre-K teachers about Scratch Jr.  You can learn more about Scratch Jr. from a previous post by Molly here.  This was one of the most fun professional developments that I ever taught.  The plan was to introduce the teachers to a couple of creative programs that could be used in their classrooms.  Scratch Jr. took center stage.  The program is really intu
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Kevin Goodwin with Winchester Thurston students

Guest Post: Making with Winchester Thurston

This post is part of a series that will explore making in elementary, middle, and high schools. The series is part of the Kickstarting Making in Schools project in which Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh will choose six schools to integrate making along with using Kickstarter, an online crowdfunding platform, to raise necessary funds for their projects. by Adam Nye, Winchester Thurston School Educators are looking to m
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A Case of the PTA

[Ed note: This is Kevin’s experience on the  Avonworth PTA visit, which Scott Miller recently wrote a guest post about!] Usually when we teach workshops in MAKESHOP they are for students or groups of teachers. For this particular workshop I got the chance to teach a slightly different audience. Members of the Avonworth School District PTA wanted to have a “making” experience in MAKESHOP. We let them
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Children and Parents at the Avonworth Primary makerspace

Guest Post: Unleash the Parent Makers

This post is part of a series that will explore making in elementary, middle, and high schools. The series is part of the Kickstarting Making in Schools project in which Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh will choose six schools to integrate making along with using Kickstarter, an online crowdfunding platform, to raise necessary funds for their projects. by Scott Miller, Avonworth Primary Center Over the past year
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How to control the game?

I was given the opportunity to work with an after school class at the Environmental Charter School in Pittsburgh a couple of weeks ago. The teachers wanted the kids to explore circuits and prototyping along with something digital. A great way to explore all of those things at once is to create a physical circuit that lets you interact with a digital computer program. We use a tool called a MaKey MaKey to allow the st
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