Camp MAKESHOP: Fiber & Wearables

We talk a lot about attachment in MAKESHOP. What is the best way to attach something? How can you make a secure attachment? Tape, staples, nails, chains, rope… THREAD! On the fourth day of Camp MAKESHOP, we worked with textiles, wearables and attachment through sewing with thread. What is the most nail-biting portion of a reality TV show? When the hosts throw the contestants for a loop! The morning portion of o
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A boy using a drillpress to create holes

Camp MAKESHOP: Introduction & Woodworking

This August we hosted our first-ever summer camp here in MAKESHOP! Designed for kids ages 10-12, each day was dedicated to a different form of making: woodworking, wearables and fiber, electronics, computer programming and digital manufacturing. At the end of camp we asked what people learned and liked, and every single medium was mentioned! Different kids with different interests all had fun and tried new things, an
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Lots of Noise

  The month of June was entirely sound themed in MAKESHOP. We built instruments, programmed digital pianos and drums, hosted a guitar making workshop, and more. Most of all we made a lot of noise. Visitors had a lot of fun exploring the different instruments. The older kids were able to construct their own musical inventions as well as help with the construction of a large, collective drum kit. Little kids simpl
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Mammoths in MAKESHOP

Throughout the month of July we have explored different ways to make puppets. At our latest Youth Maker Night we had some tools out for machine sewing and hand sewing in case anyone was interested in making a puppet. The discovery of a large piece of brown, furry fabric lead two boy to the idea of making Wooly Mammoth puppets. The two boys working on this project got the chance to learn a bunch of sewing techniques.
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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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