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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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“MAKE”-APART

I really enjoy when visitors add their projects or creations to MAKESHOP. For example, two visitors, Max and Joey, helped build a new component for our Circuit Block Table. They repurposed a wheel from a remote control and the motor from a broken model boat. I showed them how to test the motor with a battery to see if it worked. They decided to mount the motor to a block of wood. Max and Joey added their creation to
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DIY Circuit Blocks

This was an extremely ambitious project that resulted in a couple great teaching moments. A mom and daughter were so fascinated with our circuit blocks that they wanted to make their own. We decided to make a battery block, a motor block and speaker block. As with any electronic project, we first had to test all of our components. Mom was very excited to make more blocks at home using old holiday lights and pieces fr
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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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Music in the MAKESHOP

Our theme for the month of August is sound and music. We have been encouraging visitors to create musical instruments, but the staff has been having a blast creating some instruments of our own. A family came in a couple of days ago and wanted to try and make a pair of harps. I have never made a harp before, so it was a little challenging to figure this project out. It can sometimes be difficult to make something for
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Hana-Chaser

Two of my favorite visitors returned to the Museum a couple of days ago and created another amazing project. Their first tinkering, electronic project was dubbed the “Hanna-Occupier”.  Their latest project was a motorized car made out of simple, recycled parts. They decided to name it the “Hana-Chaser”.  I was excited to collaborate on this great project. Since these were return visitors, both
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