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Rideables Competition is now open!

Micro Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support programs that engage Youth Makers, children aged 7 to 17, in the hands-on design and production of objects that respond to two themes: Wearables and Rideables.  The Wearables competition ended last week, but there is still a chance to apply for the Rideables competition! The Rideables grant submissions will be accepted from April 9-20, 2012! Youth Makers will be e
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Rowan’s Electric Car

Rowan and his grandfather are frequent visitors to the Museum. They’re the kind of visitors who typically spend most of their visit in one exhibit. This particular day they decided to spend over an hour tinkering in the MAKESHOP. Rowan helped me assemble a new circuit block for other visitors to enjoy. I often find that it’s good practice to show our visitors that we make most of the things they play with
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Youth Alive: Craft Stick Explosions

Pardon the wacky camera work in the videos above and below. I’m for giving the camera to the kids and letting them have a chance to document a project. We decided to let our the students from our afterschool club, YouthALIVE!, play around with creating “craft stick explosions”.  They really seemed to enjoy it. I always like the change of pace these seventh and eighth graders bring to the MAKESHOP.  
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MAKESHOP Maker Micro Grants

Last month, we challenged artists, makers, and organizations to propose projects for the Wearables competition of the MAKESHOP Maker Micro Grant program.  These micro grants will help programs and organizations to provide youth with meaningful making opportunities. We received many creative and innovative projects from a variety of individuals and organizations.  We were incredibly impressed with the projects and tha
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FrankenToy

What happens when you give an eleven year old and his mom a bunch of random toy parts? [slideshow] Well, they create something extraordinary, funny and… creepy.  It’s always fun when visitors visit the MakeShop to simply tinker around with whatever we have to offer.  This particular mom and son duo experimented with reassembling various toy parts.  It was funny! The mom encouraged the son to be as creativ
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Youth Alive: Survival Kit Project

Over the past several weeks, students from the Museum’s YouthALIVE after school program worked on a very interesting design challenge.  The kids were tasked with creating a “survival kit” for someone stranded on a deserted island.  They were afforded time in the MakeShop to design and create the objects for their kits.  The students worked in teams and were given a set number of objects to create.  
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