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A family’s prototype

Here is a quick story about an amazing pair of makers that spent an entire Saturday working on a single idea, which was “What can you do with a mousetrap?” When I joined this father and son team, they were already under production with their creation: a mousetrap car.  Apparently the dad saw that we had a couple of mousetraps in a jar on a shelf and his son remembered something that he saw that involved a
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MAKESHOP Show

Did you know that there is a MAKESHOP Show? The MAKESHOP Show is an online resource hub for kid makers ages 6-10 years old. They help YOU to get into maker culture through originally-produced project ideas and videos from the MAKESHOP™, links to exciting content elsewhere and downloadable resources for kids, parents, and teachers. All projects are voted on by kids and designed as hands on experiences in science, tech
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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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Identity Fun: Superhero Costume Tutorials

With Halloween right around the corner, costumes are popping up in many stores, offering people of all ages the opportunity to take on a new identity, even if it’s just for one night.  Rather than dress up for just one night, why not create an easy, DIY superhero costume that will allow you or your little ones to take on a new identity whenever the mood strikes? There are an array of tutorials walking you, step
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DIY Activity – Paint Chip Pixelization Tutorial

One of my favorite displays at last weekend’s Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire was the Paint Chip Pixelization. This project will show you how to take a traditional piece of art, like Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers… … into a modernized, pixelized version like this! Interested in making your own?  Follow these easy instructions! 1) Download and Install GIMP! (Image editing software available for free
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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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