Team building through prototyping

There was a lot going on in the MakeShop last week.  My favorite moments occurred during an hour or so spent with a group of really fun kids.  We all started out as individuals working on individual projects.  Three of the kids; Zeph, Scott and Zach, were very interested in taking things apart.  The three of them all seemed very open minded about the process of taking something apart.  I believe it was that collectiv
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A broken device is not always entirely broken or: What happens when you take something apart?

I’m going to start this post out by saying that Stephen was one of the most interesting visitors I’ve ever met at the Museum.  He literally spent the entire day tinkering with things in the MakeShop.  He spent some time with his dad playing around with our circuit blocks.  He seemed incredibly enthusiastic about everything in the space.  His excitement seemed to escalate when I told him that we had some b
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The subject of taking things apart and putting them back together again or: The Humpty Dumpty Complex

A couple of days ago a visitor, Noah, came into the MakeShop and immediately began playing around with our electric blocks and circuit exploration.  One of our Museum Educators, Nick, started a conversation with Noah about the kinds of things he liked to build.  He explained to us about a “talk box” (basically that thing Peter Frampton uses to make weird guitar sounds) that he had built.  The conversation
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Intro to Arduino Shopping List

  Here is a grocery shopping list for the parts used in this weeks intro to Arduino Workshop.  The grocery shopping list has links to Sparkfun.com.  SparkFun is an online retail store that sells the bits and pieces to make your electronics projects possible. – About Us Sparkfun.com Arduino Uno USB Cable A to B Breadboard Jumper Wires Speaker Resistor Kit Mini Photocell
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