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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Repurposing Jeans

It was around three o’clock in the afternoon when Katie came into MAKESHOP with an old pair jeans in tote.  She explained to me that the jeans had holes in them and her mom wanted to throw them out.  Instead, Katie brought the jeans to the Museum to turn them into something new.  Katie has been to MAKESHOP before, so she was confident about what could be done.  She consulted me, Derek, and Amy about what she sh
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Design and prototype

Sometimes, we can find some really cool stuff in the Museum’s basement. Our basement serves as one of the exhibit workshops, so many of the materials were at one point used for prototyping or repairing exhibits. For example, this acrylic dome. It was originally used as a prototype for our newly renovated Waterplay exhibit.  Now, it is being used to develop a new magnet activity in MAKESHOP. You can’t move
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Another Gear Idea

Derek, a new employee at the Museum and a local teacher in Pittsburgh, presented a great idea to me a couple of days ago.  He wants to make a mechanical version of our circuit blocks.  He thinks that it is important to utilize various types of gears to create blocks that visitors can connect together to further explore mechanization.  To explain this concept only in words is very confusing. A couple of Sundays ago, D
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YouthALIVE and Scratch

YouthALIVE is an afterschool club for middle schoolers that takes place at the Museum. A few weeks ago, we encouraged the students to do some simple digital programming projects.  The students explored with 3D printing, our EggBot, and Scratch. Scratch (you can access their website here) is an amazing program developed by MIT.  Scratch is a a great way for children to explore simple computer programming.  The interfa
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Harrison, the teacher

Harrison is a regular visitor to the Museum and has been mentioned before in this blog here.  A couple of days ago, he visited MAKESHOP with an agenda.  He needed help soldering some components.  I can certainly help someone solder something, but Harrison really helped me understand what it means to turn your imagination into reality. Harrison planned on creating a remote control for his room.  He was planning to hoo
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