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Maker Faire Detroit 2014

During the last weekend in July, six students (three from the Children’s Museum’s YouthALIVE! afterschool program and three from Assemble‘s Make It! after school program) boarded a train leaving Pittsburgh for Toledo, Ohio. Their final destination? Maker Faire Detroit, located at The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Maker Faires take place all over the world, and some consider them to be 
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How to Thread a Needle

The first thing you want to do when you’re threading a needle is get the right amount of thread. My favorite way to get the right amount of thread is to unwind the thread while holding the bobbin (which is the tube the thread is wrapped around) in one hand and pinching the end of the thread in the other. I stretch my arms out all the way, then cut off a piece of thread with sewing scissors. Here, you can see me
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Learning to Sew

When I was little, I had a giant stuffed toy named Gumby. Gumby was big–bigger than I was!–and green. He was a character from a show I watched on TV, which was made with stop motion animation. Gumby was fun to jump on, because he was squishy and soft, so my little brother and I jumped on him a lot. After a while, Gumby started to look a little lumpy and worn out. I wished I could make him look new, but I
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Remaking an Image: Digital Photography with YouthALIVE!

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, about a dozen local middle school students head to MAKESHOP, where they’re greeted with a bowl of apples, oranges, and bananas. School is over for the day, and the students eagerly grab a piece of fruit to recharge before settling in to an hour-long YouthALIVE! (that is, Youth Achievement through Learning Involvement, Volunteering and Employment!) session. Since I joined the MA
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MAKESHOP + Penny Arcade: An Improvisational Collaboration

im·pro·vise verb : to speak or perform without preparation : to make or create (something) by using whatever is available (Merriam-Webster) Here at MAKESHOP, we make things up every day. Often, we create cool things without a lot of planning, and we limit ourselves to the resources around us (which is why we do so many projects with old fabric and toilet paper rolls). Doing things this way lets us try lots of differe
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Turning Problems Into Solutions: Frick Environmental Charter School Collaboration

Have you ever wanted to make something work better? The first graders at Frick Environmental Charter School did; from December to February, they identified problems in their classrooms and worked to invent solutions for those problems. MAKESHOP Teaching Artists worked with the first graders throughout their process via FaceTime chats, in-class sessions, and a field trip that brought the students into our workshop. In
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