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What did we do with MAKEY MAKEY?

What is a Makey Makey?  It is actually kind of hard to describe in words.  Essentially it is a switch that uses anything conductive to replace the keys on a standard keyboard.  There is much more information on the Makey Makey website. The Makey Makey is our newest toy in MAKESHOP.  As I mentioned, the Makey Makey is a variable switch that replaces a standard keyboard and allows you to interface with a computer using
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Meet A Maker!

  At the beginning of June, MAKESHOP™ welcomed four Maker Corps members. This summer, you can find them working at Children’s  Museum of Pittsburgh and bringing MAKESHOP™ experiences on the road.  Through the Maker Education Initiative, they will engage children and families in creative projects, while gaining experience serving as leaders in the community. Name/ Nickname: Sam Favorite color: I find deligh
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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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Disguises

A couple of days ago a family came into the MAKESHOP and made some masks. They were so much fun to interact with.  They were a genuinely goofy group of people.  The two boys immediately knew that they were going to make “bank robber” masks.  The mother and daughter designed and built a very intricate mask.  During this entire time there were also three boys in the shop.  These three had already spent an h
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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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Goofing off at Maker Faire

[slideshow] We hosted the second annual Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire last week.  It was a lovely day full of lovely people.  I could go on in great detail about all the gadgets and amazing inventions on display.  Instead, what I noticed most during the day was a sense of goofiness.  Everyone was genuinely having fun. We had so much fun at the second annual Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire! If you missed the event, then you
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