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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.
Maker Educator Boot Camp
Maker Educator Boot Camp
Participate in hands-on experiences and discussion that will equip you with the skills and knowledge that is necessary to be a maker-educator. Through our annual Maker Educator Boot Camps, participants engage in open-ended activities that range from sewing to woodworking, electronics to digital-based making and much more. Work alongside our talented MAKESHOP Teaching Artists to learn new skills, discover ways of implementing these experiences into your practice and empower yourself to be a maker.
We typically host Boot Camps during the summer, and are currently planning two four-day-long events in 2017, to be held in June and August. Consider joining our educator mailing list for announcements about this and other opportunities, or email email@example.com with questions.
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.
For additional information, contact Educational Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or (412) 322-5058 ext. 243.