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Pterodactyls, Superheroes and Light Houses…

Sometimes we end up with a theme within a theme in MAKESHOP.  In this case, our theme was “MAKESBURGH” (our community created cardboard city).  Within that theme emerged some other strange trends.  For some reason, the skies of MAKESBURGH became plagued with pterodactyls.  One young, imaginative visitor came up with an entire superhero to help keep MAKESBURGH safe.   CAT CREATURE!…who defends t
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What did we do with MAKEY MAKEY?

What is a Makey Makey?  It is actually kind of hard to describe in words.  Essentially it is a switch that uses anything conductive to replace the keys on a standard keyboard.  There is much more information on the Makey Makey website. The Makey Makey is our newest toy in MAKESHOP.  As I mentioned, the Makey Makey is a variable switch that replaces a standard keyboard and allows you to interface with a computer using
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Weaving with Wire

If you follow this blog closely, you may already know that I love our loom. I try to keep it interesting for frequent visitors by changing things up with each new project. We recently received a donation that included a trashbag full of dictaphones (which are sort of like telephones you read messages into so that you can remember to write them down later when you have more time), and discovered that their cords had l
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Meet a Maker!

At the beginning of June, MAKESHOP™ welcomed four Maker Corps Members. This summer, you can find them working at Children’s  Museum of Pittsburgh and bringing MAKESHOP™ experiences on the road.  Through the Maker Education Initiative, they will engage children and families in creative projects, while gaining experience serving as leaders in the community.  Meet Maker Corps Member Lindsay, who creates beautiful miniat
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MAKESBURGH RETURNS

We decided to do a big community project at the end of May.  The Museum sees a record number of visitors this time of year due to school field trips.  We felt that a big group project would be fun for all of these groups to add to.  We always have  a ton of recycled materials in MAKESHOP, and what better way to use these materials, than to build a giant cardboard city! We set up the workshop space as a landscape (wit
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Field Trip: Pleasant Hills Public Library

I really want to thank the Pleasant Hills Public Library for giving the Museum the opportunity to teach their visitors some simple ways to explore electricity.  I would also like to thank the library for letting me make such a big mess in their activity room.  There was a big crowd of people waiting for the me to show up with my box of batteries and motors and lights.  And everyone was really open to the fact that we
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