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Puppet Prototype

  Each month, our staff picks a programmatic theme for MAKESHOP that helps us to decide on what activities to provide.  Our theme in MAKESHOP for the month of February is puppets.  We decided to explore different ways to make puppets by reimagining recycled materials, sewing finger puppets and cloth puppets, building marionettes  and playing with shadows puppets.  As always, we will integrate digital media into
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Activated Origami

This was really cool workshop taught by one of our favorite guest makers, Sibel Deren Guler.  Visitors were able to explore and learn how to create several origami projects.  They were then encouraged by Deren and me to add lights and motors to their creations.  This was the first time I witnessed activated origami and I loved it. These special workshops in the MAKESHOP are great.  You get to learn about something ne
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Making MAKESHOP

A couple of days ago, we hosted a “Making MAKESHOP” workshop.  Participants of the workshop visited from Museums and other institutions from around the country.  All of them were interested in developing a maker space of their own.  We decided to share some of our secrets with them. Over the course of two days, we played, talked, asked and answered questions, toured Pittsburgh, and generally had fun.  It
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How do you make a doorbell?

Harrison comes to the Museum frequently and he absolutely loves tinkering in the MAKESHOP. He tells us about the projects he’s worked on at home. He also shares his ideas for projects that could happen at the Museum. This particular day, Harrison decided he was going to try and make a doorbell for his sister’s room. This was a pretty ambitious project, but I figured we’d give it a try. Neither of us
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Made in MAKESHOP

The staff at the MAKESHOP has been collecting videos of visitors explaining what they made and reflecting on the experience that they had.  It is always interesting to hear what inspires, intrigues, engages or teaches our visitors.  We will be sharing these as we get them, so watch out for them.
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Made in MAKESHOP

The staff at the MAKESHOP has been collecting videos of visitors explaining what they made and reflecting on the experience that they had.  It is always interesting to hear what inspires, intrigues, engages or teaches our visitors.  We will be sharing these as we get them, so watch out for them.
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