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Field Trip: Pleasant Hills Public Library

I really want to thank the Pleasant Hills Public Library for giving the Museum the opportunity to teach their visitors some simple ways to explore electricity.  I would also like to thank the library for letting me make such a big mess in their activity room.  There was a big crowd of people waiting for the me to show up with my box of batteries and motors and lights.  And everyone was really open to the fact that we
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Field Trip: Andrew Bayne Memorial Library

  First things first: The Andrew Bayne Memorial Library is an absolutely beautiful building.  I had the opportunity to visit this amazing location with our new Maker Corps Members (Sam, Lauren, Lindsay and Nick).  The library is located in an old mansion which is surrounded by a lovely park.  The entire second floor is dedicated to children’s education, and that’s where we spent the majority of our t
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Field Trip: CC Mellor Memorial Library

This summer my fellow Teaching Artists and I will be visiting schools and libraries all around Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas to conduct workshops, help teachers and generally having fun.  I have decided to document all of my adventures here on the blog. My first trip was to the lovely CC Mellor Memorial Library in Edgewood.  I teach afterschool classes near this library, but I never have had a chance to visit.
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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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Design and prototype

Sometimes, we can find some really cool stuff in the Museum’s basement. Our basement serves as one of the exhibit workshops, so many of the materials were at one point used for prototyping or repairing exhibits. For example, this acrylic dome. It was originally used as a prototype for our newly renovated Waterplay exhibit.  Now, it is being used to develop a new magnet activity in MAKESHOP. You can’t move
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Older pea seedlings

The youngest beings in MAKESHOP

In April, we celebrated Earth Day by helping visitors plant seeds in recycled containers.  Our visitors learned about the basic needs of plants as they carefully filled their chosen containers with dirt, seeds, and water.  Most of the planted seeds went home with families, but we kept some here. We had a variety of seeds to choose from:  quick growing grass seeds (for the impatient), a wildflower mix (for the indecis
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