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Maker Education Initiative

Are you 18-22 years old and interested in maker culture? Do you know a young adult who loves to tinker and enjoys working with children? We’re excited to announce a great new opportunity for this summer! MAKESHOP at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is partnering with the Maker Education Initiative, a program linked to MAKE Magazine, to launch the Maker Corps program this spring. This program will address the nee
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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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Meet a Maker!

Meet Christian, the master of puns! Christian is one of our MAKESHOP Teaching Artists. Name: Christian Favorite color: Red (and black) How long have you been working at The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh? September 2011 When did you know you were a maker? I don’t think I identified myself as a “Maker” until recently. I’ve always made, tinkered, and disassembled things though. I remember
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Monsters in MAKESHOP

Adam King is a really cool maker with a really cool hobby.  He experiments with special effects and creates amazing monster masks and puppets.  It was so much fun to see MAKESHOP full of creepy monsters a couple of Saturdays ago.  We weren’t sure if kids would get scared about it, but Adam is so inviting that almost everyone was interested in seeing his creations and even trying some of them on.  He also spent
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A plethora of projects…

Augustine and his sister were already hard at work in a corner of the MAKESHOP when I came back from break.  They were working on two intricate projects: a wooden truck and a tadpole.  These two projects were brought to my attention because Augustine wanted to cut a piece of scrap wood to a certain size.  I helped him with this task and talked to his sister about her fabric tadpole. It was then that I noticed several
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Monster Mash

A guest maker, Adam King, who makes theatrical monster masks, visited MAKESHOP in October to sculpt one of his awesome creatures! Amazing to think that it started as a lump of clay. Here it is finished! And here are some of his friends.
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