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The Importance of Prompts

MAKESHOP is not just for kids, adults are allowed to have fun too.  Every year the Museum hosts an event for the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.  There has always been some kind of building challenge during this event.  This year we prompted the groups to build bridges out of recycled materials.  The bridges did not have to hold a certain weight or be a certain length.  Instead, they were mea
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Melt the Night Away

We hosted yet another Adult MAKEnight this October.  We offered hand sewing and machine sewing as an activity along with circuit blocks and stop-motion animation.  We prompted our patrons to make something for Halloween, but of course everyone was free to make whatever they wanted.  The Art Studio also provided a bunch of activities, including silk screening with glow in the dark ink.  The silk screens were done on f
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MAKEnight, April 4

MAKEnight is an amazing event held at the Museum.  It is an after-hours event that lets adults (and only adults) play and explore in the Museum.  The event has been a huge success over the past couple of months.  We decided to make this latest MAKEnight a little bit different from the others. Typically, we only have attendees explore and create in MAKESHOP and STUDIO.  This time, we opened the entire first floor of t
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MAKEnight

The third MAKEnight, an after hours event for adults, was held onFebruary 7th and it was a blast!  Over 150 adults visited the museum for a fun night of making. We had many activities in MAKESHOP and STUDIO that encouraged people explore and create.  In MAKESHOP, we let people felt using special felting needles along with a form of wet felting that allows you to turn a sheep’s wool into a felted creation.  We a
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Bombs away!

These days in Pittsburgh, I find myself sitting around waiting for signs of spring.  Until last weekend. I found the perfect remedy to beat the wintertime blues… BATH BOMBS!  What better way to treat yourself than soaking up warmth in a bath tub or hot tub, knowing you made your very own bath fizzy. The ingredients and directions are quite simple, making these a fun Valentine’s Day treat for someone who m
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Katz in the MAKESHOP

Every year, the Museum hosts a team building night for the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business. The graduate students entering the program utilized the entire Museum for a wide range of events and competitions. This year, MAKESHOP was the location for boat building. Students had to work as a team to construct boats using a limited amount of materials. The boats were then taken up to our WaterPlay
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