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College Trip

I recently had the opportunity to teach two workshops at an event for girls interested in science hosted at Robert Morris University. As usual I gave the kids minimal instruction and then allowed them a large amount of time to explore the materials and components. They were given the chance to make something — anything — out of recycled materials, motors and batteries. This group of girls really took this
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Making Problems and Solving Problems

Usually it is the teacher who provides the problems for the students to solve. At the Museum and especially in MAKESHOP we like to give teachers an opportunity create some problems for themselves. Teacher trainings might be my favorite thing to do in MAKESHOP. Being a teacher myself I see the benefits to these kinds of professional development opportunities. Having a group of teachers learn how to do something with l
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MAKESHOP Storage Solutions

MAKESHOP STORAGE   BEFORE AFTER MAKESHOP goes through a lot of materials (fabric, recycled objects, etc.) every week.  You would think that we would run out of stuff but no; we probably have more stuff in our storage space in the Museum’s basement than in the actual MAKSESHOP.  The motto of the Museum might as well be “We Never Throw Anything Away”. Our storage space recently got a fabulous makeover
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Lincoln at the Library

Every Thursday I visit the Millvale Community Library.  The space is great and I have a lot of fun helping the kids and staff learn new ways of “making.”  Here is the premier of a movie trailer filmed at the Millvale Community Library.  This movie trailer was made using Imovie on one of the Library’s Ipads.  Enjoy. The Library is one of the five sites for our Mobile MAKESHOP program.  The program en
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Mobile MAKESHOP: Building Circuit Blocks

When I visited the Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley for my first site visit there was a day camp at the Museum full of kids from the same school. The kids were used to doing crafts and using materials like glue and tape. I decided to build a bunch of circuit blocks with these kids. I got out most of the woodworking tools along with a lot of the electronics equipment. I told the kids that they were going to
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MAKESHOP MAKEover 3rd Edition: Crafton Elementary

Here is another site for our Mobile MAKESHOP program, Crafton Elementary. We are working with several sites this year to help develop a workshop space or simply introduce the ideas and practices of “making” in different environments. Crafton is a perfect space for one of these Mobile MAKESHOP sites. The school has been experimenting with hands-on learning for a while. The teachers and administration under
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