Youth Alive: Craft Stick Explosions

Pardon the wacky camera work in the videos above and below. I’m for giving the camera to the kids and letting them have a chance to document a project. We decided to let our the students from our afterschool club, YouthALIVE!, play around with creating “craft stick explosions”.  They really seemed to enjoy it. I always like the change of pace these seventh and eighth graders bring to the MAKESHOP.  
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MAKESHOP Maker Micro Grants

Last month, we challenged artists, makers, and organizations to propose projects for the Wearables competition of the MAKESHOP Maker Micro Grant program.  These micro grants will help programs and organizations to provide youth with meaningful making opportunities. We received many creative and innovative projects from a variety of individuals and organizations.  We were incredibly impressed with the projects and tha
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The staff at the MAKESHOP has been collecting videos of visitors explaining what they made and reflecting on the experience that they had.  It is always interesting to hear what inspires, intrigues, engages or teaches our visitors.  We will be sharing these as we get them, so watch out for them.
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Impromptu Shop Bots…

Two families came in to the MAKESHOP a few days ago and asked if we were building robots. It was a quiet day, so I told them that we could if we had the materials. One of the mothers explained to me that her youngest daughter had built a Shop Bot during a class visit to the Museum. Apparently her older brother wanted to build one too. That’s why they were hoping to build some bots during their visit as a family
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Tess visited the Museum a couple of days ago.  She and her family were an absolute joy for the entire MakeShop team to interact with.  I use the term “interact” instead of “facilitate” because she did most of, if not all of, the work.  She accepted some tips and pointers on various woodworking techniques, but she had this project under control.  She was able to implement the things she learned
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What happens when you give an eleven year old and his mom a bunch of random toy parts? Well, they create something extraordinary, funny and… creepy.  It’s always fun when visitors visit the MakeShop to simply tinker around with whatever we have to offer.  This particular mom and son duo experimented with reassembling various toy parts.  It was funny! The mom encouraged the son to be as creative as possibl
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