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Inside the Sewing Machine

Over the winter holidays, we did a lot of take-apart here at the museum. Tons of old audio equipment, toys, printers… and a sewing machine! I had a great team of four kids helping me get that stubborn front off. It really didn’t want to go! We recently replaced this machine with a newer one, and thought we’d keep the old one around to help explain what’s happening on the inside. You can move y
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Aircraft Carrier

Joseph was a really fun kid to meet.  He was one of those visitors who seemed to fit right in at MAKESHOP.  He didn’t know exactly what he wanted to create, but he came to a decision after he spent some time tinkering and exploring the materials.  He first tinkered around with lighting up small LEDs with batteries.  He eventually created a really cool switch using a single paper clip.  After he was done explori
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Marble Maze

What can you make with an over sized hole punch? A couple of days ago a visitor created a really cool marble maze puzzle type thing.  He spent a long time just tinkering with all of the different pieces of recycled materials in MAKESHOP.  He eventually settled on using several tubes and a cardboard box that already had some holes punched out of it.  After some collaboration and brainstorming, the two of us came up wi
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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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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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Prototyping New Programs

The MAKESHOP staff likes to prototype our programming.  Sometimes this step can be the most fun part of developing new activities for our visitors.  Our theme for the month of September is “Books and Bags.”  We set out at the end of August to figure the best ways for visitors to create these two things.  Along with the best ways for the Teaching Artists to teach other people how to make books and bags. We
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