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Three Days in the MAKESHOP

What can you do with a ton of newspaper? We weren’t entirely sure. Someone suggested we do “rolled newspaper projects.” That quickly blossomed into a ” giant newspaper sculpture!” So over the span of a week, we let visitors add to our collaborative sculpture. This was a really fun activity to do. What was even more fun was filming the whole process. We set up a camera and had it take pic
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MakeShop Bloopers

We have been weaving on hula hoops and other circular looms for the past month.  We decided to create a giant circular loom by bending yardsticks and taping them together. We thought it would be a great way to make a giant, circular rug.  Unfortunately, the material that we used bunched up and created something that we never intended…. Check out these great instructions for hula hoop weaving!
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Prototyping with Visitors

Here’s some footage of our first attempt to make kaleidoscopes with visitors. Anyone can look up a project online and assume that people will enjoy it. I’m the kind of person who needs to get the opinions of visitors before I believe that an activity is worth doing. Plus, I really enjoy having the opportunity to teach something new. In this case, we were testing out the kaleidoscope activity we had modifi
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Our field trip to Assemble

We had such a great time that we are sharing more photos from our field trip to Assemble.  Check them out by visiting their website or stay tuned for our next collaboration with them!
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ACM InterActivity 2013

Every year, there is a conference for the Association of Children’s Museums.  The location of these conferences is different each year and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has the privilege to host the 2013 conference! We promoted our conference at the 2012 conference by creating a short promotional video.  One of our Teaching Artists, Christina Zaris, is a talented stop-motion animation artist.  She c
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Announcing: The MakeShop Show!

Hey kid-makers, there’s a new website just to show YOU how to make cool projects! Use your creativity and things you have at home to make cool stuff like pillowcase pajamas and real furniture out of rolled newspaper. The MakeShop Show is a new online maker hub for kids ages 6-10 packed with project videos, resources, downloads and bright ideas to create a MakeShop at home. Check it out and share it with your fr
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