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The Next Iteration

It is always great to see visitors returning to the Museum with projects that they started in MAKESHOP.  This specific project was a wooden car that a boy and his grandfather had started building in MAKESHOP in June.  They were hoping to add some more things to their car.  They certainly came on the right day. We were prototyping some copper tape/circuitry projects with visitors when they brought the car in.  The boy
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Adults in MAKESHOP!

We held our very first MAKEnight a couple of days ago.  We essentially let a bunch of adults play and explore in MAKESHOP after the Museum closed.  The theme of our first night was electricity.  We had our 3D Printer on display creating some models.  We also had our circuit blocks out, the EggBot, conductive play-dough and copper tape tinkering.  It was a very fun and exciting night. I spent most of the night helping
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Circuit Experiments

We have been working on some new circuit block prototypes lately. Christian is working on a motorized generator that is constructed out of an old bike. Nick built a really cool circuit puzzle using conductive tape. These projects have really got us thinking about the future possibilities of our circuit blocks. I attempted to build a matching game that utilized circuits… still working on that. I did, however, cr
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Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire Recap

This past weekend, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and HackPittsburgh hosted the second annual Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire, showcasing makers from the Southwestern Pennsylvania region.  For those of you who may be unfamiliar with what makes someone a maker, you’re not alone.  A maker is any person who devotes creativity, energy, and time to simply creating.  It doesn’t matter if you’re cre
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Picture Frames

I have noticed over the past year that MAKESHOP has become such a great resource for home school families. Every visitor can benefit from something in the Museum, but MAKESHOP allows for an extremely hands on experience. A couple of days ago a group of sisters ranging from age eight to twenty spent a couple of stupendous hours in MAKESHOP. We worked on some simple wooden picture frames. All three of these projects sl
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MakerBot in MAKESHOP

We have a new toy in MAKESHOP — a MakerBot Replicator 3D printer! It’s on loan to us from the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University, and we finally broke it out to play with it! Calling this machine a “printer” isn’t entirely accurate: this isn’t a printer like the one on the corner of your desk or even like the fancy-schmancy ones at the copy shop. This is
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