Wooden Automata

Nick, one of our Maker Corps Members, describes the workshop he planned: Recently, I had the opportunity to teach a workshop called “Wooden Automata”, in which kids created kinetic wood projects. When I started planning my workshop, I immediately knew I wanted to do something with wood, since it’s my favorite material to work with. I realized that for a lot of kids, wood is seen as purely static, an
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Bows, a little closer.

Kevin mentioned this project and I thought I’d go into a little more depth, because I’m a nut for archery. When I was a kid I made all sorts of bows. Some out of yardsticks that snapped immediately (to my parents’ irritation) some out of sticks that did the same, and eventually more sophisticated ones out of bamboo, pvc, and metal. A few days ago Andrew came up and said he wanted to make a bow. At f
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Kevin returns to MAKESHOP

I spent this summer at Shady Side Academy Day Camp Discovery.  It was a very fun experience.  I spent a lot of time teaching and even more time learning how to teach fom my fellow educators.  This has always been a great teaching experience for me, but I am glad to back at the Museum. My first day back was full of cleaning, conversations, construction, building, teaching, etc. I spent some of the time creating versio
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Check out what’s happening with Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire

The MAKESHOP’s friends over at Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire have been busy! The Faire just announced the Round I Accepted Makers for this year’s Faire (including familiar faces from the MAKESHOP Microgrants!). The Call for Makers is still open until August 15th. And today, they posted all the sponsorship info to get involved in helping to “make” this year’s mini maker faire. Visit the web
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Community Highlight: Free Event!

Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse Reuse-a-Palooza Saturday July 21 from 11:00AM-3:00PM Allegheny Library, 1230 Federal Street  Pittsburgh, PA 15212 Free! PCCR’s Reuse-a-Palooza is a hands-on creative activity for participants of all ages, perfect for any public event. Come (re)create with us!  The Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse’s Reuse-a-Palooza is a fun, educational, and inspiring event for all ages,
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Community Highlight: Planet Parade

What is it like to be Jupiter or Mars? What is it like to be a planet that only has a number for a name? Only your vision creates the cosmos as you design your own Extrasolar planet. Join Assemble to make a Planet Parade so that together we re-imagine the stars! We will learn about both living and nonliving systems, as we make, break, and remake our worlds. Using DIY electronics, e-textiles, recycled materials, wonde
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