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MAKEnight, April 4

MAKEnight is an amazing event held at the Museum.  It is an after-hours event that lets adults (and only adults) play and explore in the Museum.  The event has been a huge success over the past couple of months.  We decided to make this latest MAKEnight a little bit different from the others. Typically, we only have attendees explore and create in MAKESHOP and STUDIO.  This time, we opened the entire first floor of t
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Meet a Maker!

If you’ve visited the MAKESHOP on a weekend, chances are you’ve met and created with Allison! Name/ Nickname: Alison, but some of my friends and family call me Ali or Al. Favorite color: Hot pink! (And green) How long have you been working at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh? I started working in MAKESHOP in August 2012 but I’ve been helping with learning research at CMP since the end of 2011.
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Indian Scouts and shopbots

I had the opportunity to teach a Saturday workshop about electricity to a group of Indian Scouts.  The group consisted of fifteen kindergartners and fifteen dads.  I’m not sure who had more fun… me, the kids, or the dads. I think the dads did.  I gave the group the challenge to use some motors and batteries to make something… anything.  As usual, there was no right or wrong.  My only instruction was
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Guest puppet makers

  A couple of weeks ago, we were visited by artists Zach Dorn and Murphi Cook. Zach and Murphi are two local artists. Zach was even a participant in the Museum’s Tough Art program two years ago.  This particular Saturday had the two of them making shadow puppets with our visitors.  They had a very simple set up with a small screen, some lights, paper, and metal wire.  Visitors were encouraged to play with
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Knitting with YouthALIVE!

Knit the Bridge is a local art initiative by the Fiber Arts Guild to cover an entire Pittsburgh bridge with colorful knit (or crocheted) panels. MAKESHOP has hosted a KtB drop-off box, and we’ve had several visits in the past from guest KtB knitters. Last week, KtB brought a team of high school students from a KtB school residency to run a knitting workshop for the Museum’s 6th-8th grade after-school prog
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Simple machines in MAKESHOP

I recently had the opportunity to work with a kindergarten class from the Environmental Charter School.  We had a partnership with them that created a residency for two of our teaching artists to visit the school to plan and co-teach lessons.  Nick and I were asked to help with the first grade and a kindergarten classroom.  Nick helped the first grade work on inventions and circuitry and I joined the kindergarten to
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