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Field Trip: Andrew Bayne Memorial Library

  First things first: The Andrew Bayne Memorial Library is an absolutely beautiful building.  I had the opportunity to visit this amazing location with our new Maker Corps Members (Sam, Lauren, Lindsay and Nick).  The library is located in an old mansion which is surrounded by a lovely park.  The entire second floor is dedicated to children’s education, and that’s where we spent the majority of our t
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A Miniature Museum

A couple of weeks ago we built a really big and a really interesting cardboard city in MAKESHOP.  The one thing the city was missing was a cardboard version of the Museum. A collaboration between Derek, Alison and myself helped create this miniature version of one of the most fun places in Pittsburgh.  I especially had fun creating a small version of Ned Kahn’s Cloud Arbor which resides in the new Buhl Park out
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Meet a Maker!

If you’ve visited the MAKESHOP on a weekend, chances are you’ve met and created with Allison! Name/ Nickname: Alison, but some of my friends and family call me Ali or Al. Favorite color: Hot pink! (And green) How long have you been working at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh? I started working in MAKESHOP in August 2012 but I’ve been helping with learning research at CMP since the end of 2011.
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A year’s visit

Thomas and Aiden visited the Museum with their dad a year ago.  The family is from Buffalo, NY and they visit Pittsburgh once a year. Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is always one of their stops. I was fortunate to spend a lot of time with them during last year’s visit.  There is an older blog post that I wrote about their experience here.  I am glad that I got to see them again.  I remembered them becaus
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A classroom visit

I recently had the privilege of completing a residency at a kindergarten class at the Environmental Charter School.  The class was exploring simple machines, such as pulleys, gears, inclined planes, wheels and axles, etc.  I was asked to help plan and co-teach with their teacher, Jen.  I always enjoy visiting schools.  Typically, classes come to the Museum to explore and learn, but it’s extra special when when
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A plethora of projects…

Augustine and his sister were already hard at work in a corner of the MAKESHOP when I came back from break.  They were working on two intricate projects: a wooden truck and a tadpole.  These two projects were brought to my attention because Augustine wanted to cut a piece of scrap wood to a certain size.  I helped him with this task and talked to his sister about her fabric tadpole. It was then that I noticed several
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