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Animation at Youth Maker Night

We spent our last Youth Maker Night exploring the process of stop-motion animation. We set up a lot of different “animation stations” throughout MAKESHOP. Some of them utilized an iPad app called iMotionHD. Another used an original computer program designed by one of our Exhibits Technicians. And another used a traditional camera and tripod. A group of teens decided to animate a couple of simple, wooden t
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Underwater MAKESHOP

We have made several large, community projects in our workshop space before. Visitors have helped to create cardboard cities, newspaper sculptures and forts. For our recent “Free Admission” day at the Museum (and to celebrate the beginning of summer) our workshop was transformed into an underwater aquarium. Visitors spent the next couple of days filling the aquarium with fish, sea turtles, underwater cars
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College Trip

I recently had the opportunity to teach two workshops at an event for girls interested in science hosted at Robert Morris University. As usual I gave the kids minimal instruction and then allowed them a large amount of time to explore the materials and components. They were given the chance to make something – anything — out of recycled materials, motors and batteries. This group of girls really took this
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MAKESHOP in the park

It is summer and that means that we are able to move some of our MAKESHOP activities outside. Last year we had a bike-cart that some of the staff would take out to the local parks to do small activities with the community. This year we got the opportunity to provide an outdoor activity for a weekend event Buhl Park in front of the Museum. I recently discovered a water rocket launching kit in our basement storage. We
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Art All Night

Each year local Pittsburgh artists take over a large warehouse space and put their work on display for an entire night; from sundown till sun-up. The Pittsburgh art scene is amazing. Events like this are a great way for people to get acquainted with local artists and their art. There were paintings, drawings, sculptures. There was also live music and large community projects for people to add to. There was even an ar
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Finishing MAKESHOP’s quilt

In February, we began working on a collaborative quilt in MAKESHOP. I wrote about it almost two months ago here. Here’s our update: it’s finished! It has been a true labor of love shared by so many people and an amazing learning experience. I wanted to share some updated photos of the process and getting it hung on the wall. We began by cutting 5×5 inch squares out of scrap fabric. We provided fabric
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