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Support Making at Pittsburgh Public Schools

Help us work with more schools! Five Pittsburgh-area schools need to meet their fundraising goalson Kickstarter by Monday, November 2, in order to create their own makerspaces and partner with Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. The Kickstarting Making program, a collaboration between the Children’s Museum and Kickstarter, encompasses 10 schools that want to integrate making, or hands-on learning with old and new
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Virtual Loom

One of the coolest things about the loom is its connection to early computers.  On our loom, up to six pedals can control the lifting of warp strings, in turn controlling the pattern.  Looms which were used to create intricately patterned fabrics had many more control levers.  People operating these complex controls could make mistakes, and an expensive product could be ruined.  During the 18th ce
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Support Making at Cecil Intermediate School

Help us work with more schools! Six Pittsburgh-area schools need to meet their fundraising goals on Kickstarter by Monday, November 2, in order to create their own makerspaces and partner with Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. The Kickstarting Making program, a collaboration between the Children’s Museum and Kickstarter, encompasses 10 schools that want to integrate making, or hands-on learning with old and new
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Support Making at the Environmental Charter School

Help us work with more schools! Six Pittsburgh-area schools need to meet their fundraising goals on Kickstarter by Monday, November 2, in order to create their own makerspaces and partner with Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. The Kickstarting Making program, a collaboration between the Children’s Museum and Kickstarter, encompasses 10 schools that want to integrate making, or hands-on learning with old and new
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Camp MAKESHOP

We love to try new things, and we heard you wanted a way to spend more time here — so this August we’re running our first-ever summer camp, for kids ages 10-12. Join us for five days (Aug 18-Aug 22) to get your MAKESHOP fill before school starts back up. There will be a little bit of everything: electronics, sewing, woodworking… and a few surprises, too, of course! For more details and updated infor
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Volunteer MAKESHOP Technicians

A couple of weeks ago we started a special, 8-track scarf on the loom in MAKESHOP.  One of the days during this project fell on a snow for local Pittsburgh schools.  Typically when a snow day happens we tend to get an older clientele than we usually get on a weekday.  This particular day found two boys whose sole purpose during this visit to the Museum was to work on the loom. They literally worked on the loom that d
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