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Youth Maker Night

In November, MAKESHOP hosted the first ever Youth Maker Night.  Kids, ages 10 to 15, were given the opportunity to visit MAKESHOP after hours without their parents.  We had a lot of electricity activities for the youth to make things and explore.  The circuit blocks were out with some conductive play-doh. We also had LED lights and conductive tape, and the youth were allowed to make things using batteries and motors.
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Marble Maze

What can you make with an over sized hole punch? A couple of days ago a visitor created a really cool marble maze puzzle type thing.  He spent a long time just tinkering with all of the different pieces of recycled materials in MAKESHOP.  He eventually settled on using several tubes and a cardboard box that already had some holes punched out of it.  After some collaboration and brainstorming, the two of us came up wi
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Light Painting Tests

Each month, our staff decides on a theme to help us decide what projects and activities we want to offer to our visitors. Our November theme is “Time” and we’ve been messing around in the shop, brainstorming some fun, open-ended activities that emphasize the idea of time passing. We knew we wanted to do some light painting, so we started playing with our cameras, moving bright lights around in front
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Disguises

A couple of days ago a family came into the MAKESHOP and made some masks. They were so much fun to interact with.  They were a genuinely goofy group of people.  The two boys immediately knew that they were going to make “bank robber” masks.  The mother and daughter designed and built a very intricate mask.  During this entire time there were also three boys in the shop.  These three had already spent an h
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Halloween came early…

We started prototyping some projects for October acouple of days ago.  It was really hard not to go with a Halloween theme.  Alexis and I spent the morning creating some DIY decorations for the MAKESHOP.  I figured that it would be really cool to add some electronics to some simple cardboard decorations. As always, this process of prototyping programming is a blast.  I really look forward to seeing what visitors will
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Welcome to MAKESBURGH

I came in to work a couple of days ago to find an entire half of MAKESHOP covered in amazing cardboard structures, such as cars, boats, buildings and bridges. We’ve tried to make a cardboard town in the past, but this one is easily the most extensive. Visitors seemed to be more invested in their projects if they know that they will be prominently displayed.  We had visitors write their names and what they creat
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