The Children’s Museum offers specialized professional development opportunities for educators, pre-service teachers and community members. Professional development sessions can be customized around your needs in any of our areas expertise.
Professional Development Overview
Educator Professional Developments
The Children’s Museum offers specialized professional development opportunities for educators, pre-service teachers and community members. Professional development sessions can be customized around your needs in any of our areas expertise. The best way to stay up-to-date with these is to join the Educator Mailing List!
Past maker-centric trainings have covered topics such as:
- Integrating Making into Math & Language Arts (K-3)
- Makey Makey for Formal Educators
- Maker Educator Boot Camp (4-day Intensive)
- Simple Electronics
- Digital Media
- Woodworking + Hard Materials
- Fiber + Soft Materials
- and more!
Questions? Contact email@example.com!
Maker Educator Boot Camp
Maker Educator Boot Camp
Maker Educator Boot Camp is a four-day professional development experience for classroom teachers, informal educators and museum professionals who seek a deep understanding of the philosophy and practice of making.
Developed through years of experience and research in the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s MAKESHOP, Boot Camp emphasizes that maker education is about more than a space and the right tools. Participants will explore the processes, materials, and approach of successful maker education and the means to bring these back to their classroom or learning center.
- Work in individual and group settings for both hands-on activities and discussions
- Attend four process-focused workshops, designed to give both practical and theoretical insight into different forms of making
- Use both MAKESHOP’s Principles of Practice and other research tools to delve deeply into the learning that happens through making
- Use visioning tools designed by the museum’s Learning and Research department to inform institutional direction as it relates to making
- Share and network with other maker educators
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Workshops take place at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, located in Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, or in MuseumLab right next door:
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
10 Children’s Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
School Programs & Partnerships
MAKESHOP and Children’s Museum Pittsburgh offer unique experiences for your Museum visit or your classroom, afterschool program or camp group, designed to complement your educational objectives. Our programs are flexible and individually adapted to the learning goals of your classroom or community, and all programs support PA and Common Core Standards. For more information, please check out the museum Outreach and Field Trip pages.
MAKESHOP can work with your institution to provide ongoing customized learning opportunities for your students. We will work with you to tailor our programs to your needs and curriculum, allowing you to use the Museum as an extension of your classroom. Whether you want to visit the Museum throughout the year or have a Teaching Artist co-teach in your classroom we can create a partnership to fit your unique needs.
Please refer to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Education Outreach page for more information.
MAKESHOP Classroom Kits
Build-it is a custom made building and construction set developed by the MAKESHOP® at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Build-it was developed to enable learners to gain a variety of skills through an open-ended experience. Each set contains different materials (wood, plastic, metal) in various shapes and sizes. The materials can be connected together in a variety of ways using nuts, bolts, hinges and brackets. Using Build-it, learners can gain a better understanding about materials and attachment while gaining new vocabulary and developing social skills. In addition to the listed areas of exploration, Build It can be used in a multitude of meaningful ways and connect to many different curricular areas as it allows learners to approach the classroom curriculum through multiple entry points.
Possibility Pieces is a custom made building and construction set developed by MAKESHOP® at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Possibility Pieces was created with the intention to grant early learners experience with making, to enhance the development of fine motor skills through an exploration of fit and attachment, and to develop fluency with materials and their properties. Each set contains three base materials: blocks, wheels, and sheets; as well as two fastener materials: pegs and cord. Each material can be explored independently or in combination with other materials. By providing a consistent set of materials that may be introduced alone or in various combinations, learners gain comfort and fluency with each material as they innovate with various combinations. The use of the selected materials helps support critical thinking skills, creativity, spatial reasoning and early math skills.
Both Build-it and Possibility Pieces can be borrowed for use in your classroom. In addition to the kits, Museum staff will provide teacher professional development to support deep and meaningful experiences around the kits.